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SpecificChallenge:

Network Collaborative Management improves the European ATM network performance, notably capacity and flight efficiency through exchange, modification and management of trajectory information. Flow Management shall move to a Cooperative Traffic Management environment, optimising the delivery of traffic into sectors and airports and the need for Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) measures.

This project is an integral part of the SESAR Solutions delivery approach towards the SESAR deployment phase. The objective of this VLD is to bridge “industrial research” and “deployment” related to the PCP ATM Functionality 4 (as defined in Commission Implementing Regulation EU No 716/2014), and not to replace either type of activity.


Scope:

This VLD shall address measures coordinated in the pre-departure phase of flight(s), as well as measures coordinated in the execution phase of flight(s). The coordination process is seen as continuous function that may deal with various phases of flights simultaneously. Measures and coordination processes may be depending on the specific phase of the flight(s).

The demonstration exercises that are part of this VLD should:

  • establish a limited set of connected SESAR high-technology demonstration platforms in relation to the “Optimised ATM Network Management” key feature of the SESAR 2020 programme. This VLD shall aim at a minimum at a demonstration in a close-to-operational environment including the preparation and platform availability to support demonstrations in targeted operational environments involving end-users. The involvement of additional end-users to perform the related operational demonstration will be contracted through open calls that will be awarded in a second step and will run in parallel.

  • establish a limited set of connected SESAR high-technology demonstration platforms in relation to the “Optimised ATM Network Management” key feature of the SESAR 2020 programme.

This VLD shall aim at a minimum at a demonstration in a close-to-operational environment including the preparation and platform availability to support demonstrations in targeted operational environments involving end-users. The involvement of additional end-users to perform the related operational demonstration will be contracted through open calls that will be awarded in a second step and will run in parallel.

The demonstration platform(s) to be established shall rely on the following elements:

  • Enhanced DCB procedures between all actors involved in Network Operations (ANSPs, Airports, Airspace Users, Network Manager) supported by automated tools for Advanced ATFCM measures (local hotspot detections assessed in the network view, elaboration and promulgation of STAM measures including CDM, implementation and monitoring of these measures).

  • Complexity and Capacity solutions supported by local DCB tools using SWIM Services to interconnect these tools and NM system, allowing local actors (including the link to airport planning processes) to identify and manage hotspots.


ExpectedImpact:

This VLD will assess the benefit of Collaborative Network Management to improve ATM Network performance; it will serve as Proof of Concept for AF#4 as defined in the PCP.

The Proof of Concept to be conducted under this VLD is a confidence building exercise that comes in addition to the traditional validation required prior to certification and implementation of new concepts or new technologies. This has to be distinguished from operational live trials since it brings a new dimension of the validation: early operations with a significant scale environment.

The Proof of Concept consists in an early operation of the SESAR Solutions making use of pre-operational or operational products (airborne and ground) in a real operational environment.


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