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FAST OPtimiser for continuous descent approaches

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 323495

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 199 951

  • EU contribution

    € 149 962

Coordinated by:

GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA

Spain

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."
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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

FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 46 656

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 323495

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 199 951

  • EU contribution

    € 149 962

Coordinated by:

GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA

Spain