Considering traffic hotspots identified in the Airspace Architecture Study Transition Plan , the VLD aims at demonstrating an optimised and coordinated organisation of airspace activations and reservations, able to support optimised traffic flows in a free route environment as well as other uses of airspace (e.g. military).
The demonstration may consider scope such as Initial dynamic airspace configuration and application of A-FUA and ATFCM, show case of initial strategies to delegate air traffic services amongst ATSUs and capacity-on-demand arrangements and gradual transition towards higher levels of automation.
With more and more traffic to be handled in a cost–efficient way and in trajectory Based operations, there is a need to evolve to a truly flexible organisation and management of airspace structures, just like all resources of the ATM network.
A first step to address the challenge is to support the AAS TP MEASURE 1 “Launch an airspace re-configuration programme supported by an operational excellence programme to achieve quick wins” and demonstrate the benefits.
The dynamic airspace management concept contributes to resilience, capacity and cost-efficiency. It aims at delivering substantial network performance through closer collaboration between ATM actors.