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ALBATROSS: The most energy efficient flying bird

Periodic Reporting for period 3 - ALBATROSS (ALBATROSS: The most energy efficient flying bird)

Berichtszeitraum: 2022-12-01 bis 2023-05-31

ALBATROSS is an initiative of major European aviation stakeholders to demonstrate how the technical and operational innovations delivered by SESAR in the past years can further reduce the environmental footprint of aviation towards a more sustainable mode of transportation. The project will explore and then demonstrate in real conditions the feasibility of implementing the most fuel-efficient flights through a series of gate to gate live trials across Europe.

As a very large demonstration (VLD), the project will particularly focus on combined demonstrations where multiple solutions coexist and also on the close collaboration between all actors involved: Airlines, Air Navigation Service Providers, Airport operators, Military, Network manager, Controllers and Pilots.

ALBATROSS is coordinated by Airbus with the support of EUROCONTROL, Air France, Austro Control, DLR, DSNA, LFV, Lufthansa, NOVAIR, Schiphol, SAS, Swedavia, SWISS, Thales AVS, Wizz Air UK. The project is performed through SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
This first part of the project was dedicated to refine project structure, content and organization. These 2 first deliverables give an overview of the different demonstration exercises objectives, planning and benefits assestment methods. A particular emphasis has been put on Project Management Plan description.
New precision approach procedures (RNP-to-ILS, RNP-AR, etc) will be implemented. Continuous Climb and Descent will be facilitated. Several novel data analytics-based tools will be introduced to assist pilots to identify tactical in-flight trajectory optimization opportunities to improve fuel efficiency. Possibilities to relax and mitigate certain ATM constrains through Airspace design by collaborative procedures and a certain degree of flexibility in the constraints will be tested. Improvements to taxiing operations will be investigated, in the form of single-engine taxiing. Moreover, a sustainable hybrid towing vehicle for taxi assistance ("taxibot") will be used in order to reduce emissions.
The project will examine how a resulting and adapted concept of operation could be permanently integrated into network operations.