On one hand, new Air Traffic Management (ATM) concepts are required to face the growing Air Traffic demand because the solution to upgrade the traditional ATC is increasing the number of Air Traffic Controllers and sectors, and has practically reached its limit. On the other hand, the availability of new Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) technologies provides the basis to move towards advanced ATM concepts such as free-flight. The primary difference between today's route clearance and future free-flight will be the pilot's ability to operate the flight safely without specific route, speed, or altitude clearances. There even may be instances where aircraft separation responsibility will shift from the ground to the cockpit. The deployment of free-flight requires new ATC procedures, advanced airborne FMS and improved airborne situational awareness.
In this context the objective of the 3FMS project is to prepare an early functional definition of the European Flight Management System for free-flight operation. The main expected 3FMS achievements are the definition of the Free Flight functions compliant with the new AIRBUS FMS, their evaluation and demonstration in an AIRBUS flight simulator and a list of recommendations for their implementation in the future European ATM system. As a baseline to be reviewed in the course of the project, the onboard tactical flight management functions are aircraft separation, anticipatory terrain avoidance, weather management, and route of preference. The 3FMS technical approach will follow a classical R&D life-cycle: definition, design and prototyping, development, integration, functional validation and operational evaluation. The consortium is composed of 7 partners: three major avionics manufacturers, one major aircraft manufacturer, two aeronautical research centers and one Small Enterprise. BE97-4159
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
GL52 4SF Cheltenham
1059 CM Amsterdam
2780 920 Oeiras