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saFety And Resilience guidelines for aviatiOn

Project description

Setting a safer course for air traffic management

Air traffic management (ATM) is a complex network. It includes air traffic services, airspace management and air traffic flow management with the aim of ensuring safety and efficiency. The EU-funded FARO project will determine how ATM addresses safety and resilience issues. It will consider higher levels of automation on ATM resilience and solutions forged by SESAR (the technological pillar of Europe’s ambitious Single European Sky initiative), which coordinates and concentrates all EU R&D activities in ATM. SESAR considers the automation and digitalisation principles, transposed to the European ATM Master Plan. It is also important for data to be organised in order to be quantified. Accumulated safety knowledge will enable more proactive monitoring of the system.


Air Traffic Management (ATM) goals are to expedite the flow of air traffic while ensuring safety. Demand upon the ATM system is reaching its capacity levels, which introduces pressure on the economics of air transportation and accentuates the challenge of maintaining safety. Increased Automation promises to effectively balance the capacity issue while ensuring scalability and increasing resilience.
Automation cements the modernisation of ATM in Europe, and SESAR solutions are a realisation of the sustained effort during past years towards this goal. SESAR considers the automation and digitalisation principles, transposed to the European ATM Master Plan. They are founded on the application of technology impacting profoundly on organisations and changing how people operate the ATM system. These three pillars together represent the TOP (Technology, Organisation, People) approach, and the impact of a solution can only be evaluated by addressing these three elements simultaneously. Digital solutions bring digital footprints (data). Data can be organised, transformed and exploited to quantify that impact as a function of technical, organizational, human and procedural dimensions. The quantification of this impact will be based on a deep knowledge of how ATM provides safety before and after the solution is deployed. Learning from past incidents and accidents by using natural language processing and data analysis together with gathering operational expertise will pave the way to enrich accumulated safety knowledge with a more pro-active monitoring of the system.
FARO aims at bringing new lights about how safety and resilience are addressed in ATM, with 4 main objectives: the capitalisation on the existent knowledge of safety, the quantification of the impact of increasing the level of automation on ATM safety levels, the analysis of the impact of higher levels of automation on ATM resilience, and the provision of design guidelines and identification of future research needs


Net EU contribution
€ 251 287,50
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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

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