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PARTAKE Report Summary

Project ID: 699307
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - PARTAKE (cooPerative depArtuRes for a compeTitive ATM networK sErvice.)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2017-02-28

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

• What is the problem/issue being addressed?
PARTAKE focuses on improving the air traffic dynamic demand capacity balance by using means of the prompt identification of proximate events at network level, the re‐adjustment of take‐off times within the assigned nominal Calculated-Take-Off-Time (CTOT) margins and the rearrangement of departing sequence of aircraft at the involved airports to minimize the amount of ATC interventions. It can be considered as short term Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) measures applied at local level that reduces traffic peaks for the whole European airspace.

• Why is it important for society?
The motivation for the PARTAKE project is that European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system has to be competitive, supporting up to a certain extent the Airspace User (AU’s) demands at the right time (ie. departure slots), at the right cost (ie. suitable level of ATC service) at the right place (ie. AU’s preferred trajectories) and at the right service quality (ie. safety) without extra investments, just by removing the ATM non-added-value operations that somehow indirectly impact on present ATM capacity. PARTAKE is using the TBO approach preserving the 3D components of the Reference Business Trajectories (RBT’s) but adjusting the time component by means of micro-ground delays, providing a new smart mechanism to support conflict resolution (CR) collaborative-competitive tools with minimum ATC interventions.

• What are the overall objectives?
Objectives considering the ATM stakeholder interests are:
- Reduction of the probability of separation minima infringement: Preliminary results shows that implemented fine-tuning algorithms could be easily parameterized to provide robust clearances at hotspots for a certain rate of predicted conflicts. Thus, instead of minimizing the ATC interventions in a high sensible scenario that could generate cascade effects on downstream conflicts, PARTAKE tools could be used to provide a robust traffic in which a reduced amount of ATC interventions are considered as part of the solution.
- Enhancement of airport A-CDM processes: PARTAKE tools will contribute to a smooth integration of the different DST’s implemented at airport level in the ATM system, in which information about turnaround and taxi-out delays could be used for a better use of airspace resources.
- To improve ANSP predictive workload: The implemented TBO mapping tools provides a more accurate traffic information to Flight Management Position in which task load at sector level could be estimated at micro-level.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1 a Business Case (Task 1.4) was produced explaining the benefits of PARTAKE, identifies the major stakeholders including their needs and concerns and defines a strategy based on expert criteria and assumptions to carry out this project. Furthermore, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) questionnaire was developed (Task 1.3) and opened for polls.

WP2 – T2.1 During this reporting period, the specification of all the tools to be implemented in PARTAKE, relying on well accepted design best practices has been established and the TBO Mapping Tools including a SWIM Connector (T2.2), Macro- and Micro-mapping modules (T2.3) and an Intelligent filter for determining the temporal looseness (T2.4) have been successfully implemented and released.

WP3 the work performed focused on developing a discrete event model implemented in Coloured Petri Net formalism of the different interdependencies between trajectories (Task 3.2 and 3.3) and a sensitivity measure model to predict the effects of any change in the time stamp through the full trajectory to support a collaborative time stamp re-assignment.

WP6 – T6.1 PARTAKE verification activities focus in establish that the developed tools that have been implemented, developed and perform according to the requirements.

WP7 addresses the communication, dissemination and exploitation issues of the project. T7.1 concerns the dissemination and communication strategy. T7.2 focused on the maintenance of the project website. T7.3 planning of dissemination events for awareness raising. T7.4 Exploitation Activities focus on defining a common path to exploits the most relevant outcomes beyond the project lifetime. The exploitation plan is based on analysis of the market and the project results.

WP8 The PM guaranteed an efficient and pro-active coordination of the project by administration, organisation, and monitoring of the administrative and financial components of the project.

WP9 - Constant compliance with the 'ethics requirements' was ensured based on the guidelines developed in D9.1,9.2 and 9.3.

Summary of achieved main results:
- Implementation and release of the Mapping Tools
- Definition of the PARTAKE Business Case
- Development of the CPN Model
- State Space Analysis of the CPN Model
- Definition of the Exploitation Plan
- Maintenance of the Project Website ( and involvement of the Advisory Board
- Project Management guidance and ethics requirements assurance

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

It is expected that PARTAKE operational frame produces and supports the following impacts:
- TBO flexible synchronization mechanism to preserve ATFM constraints
- Reduction of the probability of separation minima infringement
- Competitive ATM Network Services
- Multi-Sector Planner mechanism
- Optimization model for a fine-tuning management of airspace resources

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