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FAST OPtimiser for continuous descent approaches

Objective

"In the conventional aircraft approach the aircraft receives clearance from Air Traffic Control to descent from the bottom level of the holding stack to a given altitude where it would fly level until intercepting the 3 degree glidepath to the runway. In this flight level segment the aircraft requires additional engine power to maintain constant speed, resulting in an increase of fuel consumption and noise.

A new approach procedure called Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) has been developed and is becoming widespread. In CDA procedures the aircraft stays higher for longer and then descends continuously, avoiding level segments, to the intercept point of the 3 degree glidepath. The CDA approaches reduce fuel consumption, CO2 and NOx emissions as well as noise levels.

To take full advantage of CDA approaches, the continuous descent paths can be optimized to decrease even more the fuel consumption and noise and pollutant emissions. This proposal addresses an onboard fast optimiser for continuous descent approaches which calculates descent profiles minimizing the use of engine thrust and speed brakes while meeting ATC time requirements and maintaining airport landing capacity.

To ensure a successful development of the fast optimiser, the Fastop proposal has been written by a consortium with remarkable parties skills that cover all the mathematical, programming and management needs required by the topic."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

SP1-JTI-CS-2012-01
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CS - Joint Technology Initiatives - Clean Sky

Coordinator

GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA
Address
Paseo Garcia Faria 17
08005 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 56 704
Administrative Contact
Florent Birling (Mr.)

Participants (2)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 46 602
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Prats (Dr.)
FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM
Spain
EU contribution
€ 46 656
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma , Parc Tecnologic Del Valles 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pepa Sedó (Ms.)