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Separation Management and Controller Tools

Project description

Novel tools for enhanced air traffic control

The sharp rise in European air traffic has increased the demands on air traffic controllers to ensure the safe, orderly and efficient flow of air traffic. Building on previous research on this issue, the EU-funded PJ10-W2 PROSA project aims to further mature the concept of flight-centric air traffic control in which aircraft remain the responsibility of the same controller across two or more geographical sectors. Another objective is to enable collaborative control operations, in which controllers can issue instructions to aircraft that involve out-of-sector manoeuvring. New human-machine interface interaction modes and technologies will also be explored as a way to reduce air traffic controllers’ workload and mental strain. This work will contribute towards better operational efficiency and improved flight predictability and safety.


This project is part of the Industrial Research & Validation phase, developed under the SJU Private Public Partnership and will contribute to the SESAR2020 Programme Lifecycle. It will build upon previous work in SESAR2020 Wave 1. The project will further mature the concept of “Flight Centric ATC” where an air traffic controller is responsible for a certain number of aircraft throughout their entire flight segment within a given airspace whereas other controllers are responsible for different aircraft within the same airspace. Another objective is to enable collaborative control operations, where ATCOs will be able to issue instructions to aircraft that involve out-of-sector manoeuvring, without the coordination required in conventional operations. This will be accompanied by an activity to identify and validate needs that might allow a Controller to operate in any airspace classified as a particular type. That is, the ATCO will be validated on method and tools rather than a geographic specified airspace. In addition, the project will investigate and develop the Contingency and Delegation of Airspace Operational Use Cases. It will identify the impacts on the services defined in the Virtual Centre concept and validate the concept within a realistic environment based on contingency needs or on organisation needs (either static, on a fixed-time transfer schedule, or dynamic, when the traffic density is below/above a certain level). In order to reduce the workload and mental strain on the controllers in the ATC centre, especially under high traffic density/complexity situations, the project will investigate new human machine interface interaction modes and technologies. This work will consider modern design and development approaches as well as methodologies such as modularity, service-oriented architecture, adaptive automation. The project will in particular address Automatic Speech Recognition, Attention Guidance and enhanced User Profile Management Systems.


Net EU contribution
€ 2 306 861,38
Am dfs campus 10
63225 Langen

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Hessen Darmstadt Offenbach, Landkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 988 654,87

Participants (38)