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Once awarded this VLD shall establish a limited set of connected SESAR high-technology demonstration platforms in relation to the “Advanced Air Traffic Services” 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.

This Wave 1 VLD is focused on demonstrating how optimised arrival constraints can be passed to aircraft and the subsequent benefits achieved by aircraft meeting them. The VLD objectives are likely to include the following:

  • Provision of arrival constraint by an extended AMAN process to airborne aircraft. The arrival constraint will be for an appropriate arrival point which may be linked to ‘systemised airspace’ defined as an appropriate PBN standard.

  • Passing arrival constraints to preferably two or more upstream ACCs to demonstrate how aircraft can meet the constraint and the technical and operational issues regarding the aircraft and ANSPs associated with this process.

Arrival Management extended to en-route Airspace extends the AMAN horizon from the 100-120 nautical miles to 180-200 nautical miles from the arrival airport. Traffic sequencing may be conducted in the en-route and early descent phases. Air traffic control (ATC) services in the TMAs implementing AMAN operations shall coordinate with Air Traffic Services (ATS) units responsible for adjacent en-route sectors.

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 1 (as defined in Commission Implementing Regulation EU No 716/2014), and not to replace either type of activity

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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