Airports are key members of the air traffic management (ATM) community and network, with local airport ATC performance directly contributing to the overall network performance and delivering benefits to all stakeholders. One of the challenges facing airports and air navigation service providers (ANSP) is to prepare for traffic recovery and future growth in a sustainable way, making efficient use of the runway access.
To support them, at EUROCONTROL we are developing the Calibration of an optimised approach spacing tool (COAST) - an artificial intelligence-based solution to optimise the use of separation delivery tools. This tool will help air traffic controllers (ATCOs) to safely and efficiently manage separation and spacing between arriving aircraft pairs on final approach till the runway threshold, by predicting also the compression effect. It is a time-based solution that can be implemented on traditional distance-based separation (DBS) but achieves the best results applying the time-based separation (TBS) concept under any wind condition.