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Airport airside and runway throughput

Project description

Improving safety at secondary airports

Efficiency and flexibility during an aeroplane’s arrival and departure at restricted-capacity airports and secondary airports are important to maintain safety. As such, they should be constantly improved. The EU-funded PJ02-W2 AART project will propose improvements related to human, technical, procedural and performance issues. The project will propose advanced GNSS processes to increase terminal manoeuvring area efficiency during arrival and departure operations and to develop separation minima for enhanced runway turnout. It will improve the availability of secondary airports with restricted infrastructures to be able to work with low-visibility conditions. The project will apply digital technology to ameliorate tactical conflict management in the taxi phase and increase safety by synchronising air-ground information share to avoid runway excursion.


To improve the efficiency and resilience of arrival and departure operations at capacity constrained airports and access to secondary airports, the project will addresses human, technical, procedural and performance aspects of the following proposed improvements:
• Advanced geometric GNSS based procedures in the TMA
The project will enhance TMA efficiency using more GNSS and advanced PBN curved for arrival and departure operations. Development of new support tools for ATC and airspace design concepts will enable greater usage of CDO.
• Evolution of separation minima for increased runway throughput
The project will refine separation minima as a function of the operational conditions. The most constraining minima (wake, runway occupancy,...) to be applied will be determined and ATCO support tool further developed for better separations delivery including separation delegation to the flight crew.
• Improved access to secondary airports
The project will enhance availability and accessibility of airports with limited infrastructure in low visibility conditions. Alternative Ground Surveillance will increase runway safety and will include both ATC and A-FIS requirements as a more cost-efficient and flexible ATS provision. From an airborne perspective, Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision Guidance System, Combined Vision System and LPV-100 capability will enable approach and landing.
• Digital evolution of integrated surface management
The extension of the A-SMGCS routing functions will improve tactical conflict management in the taxi phase. Optimised Routing and planning will deliver more accurate taxi times, improve predictability, minimize delays and ATCO's workload. Automation, A-CDM and Datalink will support conflict management.
• Safety support tools for avoiding runway excursions
The project will aim to detect, prevent and alert on risks of runway excursions by synchronising air-ground information exchange about runway surface condition.


Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 18 464 343,75

Participants (54)