These operations are carried out by aircraft operators but are enabled by airspace and procedural design and facilitated by Air Traffic Control. All parties need to work collaboratively together in order to generate the benefits.
EUROCONTROL has worked with a large number of stakeholders, including airlines, airports and air navigation service providers, to produce the European CCO/CDO Action Plan. This includes practical advice on how to make CCO/CDO work, with examples of best practices and how constraints can be overcome, building on the extensive experience Europe already has on optimising the efficiency of vertical flight profiles. The principles of the Action Plan have already been utilised this summer by DFS, the German ATC provider and by Lufthansa in their development of the ‘Efficient Flight Profile Concept’, bringing tangible benefits for the airline and for the environment.
Training is a vital element in the implementation of CCO/CDO and the deliverables detailed in the Action Plan include the release of ATCO refresher training on CCO/CDO and the development of computer based training for pilots, both harmonised to demonstrate best practices.