The previous steady increase of air traffic imposes the need - in the medium term - for new infrastructure systems enhancing efficient use of airport facilities while maintaining safety. Main objective is to develop and build an integrated wake vortex safety and capacity platform. This platform is an essential step that will lead to an ATC system that can be installed at airports. This system will enable air traffic controllers to apply new optimised weather based aircraft spacing. The platform will be used to assess possible safety and capacity improvements, including tactical benefits (temporary capacity increases to reduce delays) and strategic benefits (more allocated slots). To enhance acceptability, attention will be given to the issue of harmonisation of wake vortex safety regulation. A technological implementation plan to facilitate exploitation into the integrated ATC decision support system will be made.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The main work will be to develop and build an integrated ATC wake vortex safety and capacity platform. The work is based on six work packages: - WP1 System Requirements: the main work is to define the requirements for the system. This includes operational concepts and procedures, user requirements, and system requirements. - WP2 Integrated System Design and Evaluation: the main work is to develop and build the platform, integrating all subsystems. This includes a wake vortex prediction and monitoring system, weather forecasting and monitoring systems, aircraft spacing predictor, and human machine interface for air traffic controllers. A task is to evaluate technical feasibility of building the system. - WP3 Safety and Capacity Analysis: the main work is to quantify and evaluate possible safety and capacity improvements (tactical and strategic benefits) when using the system. Safe and appropriate separation distances will be determined for single runways and closely spaced parallel runways. - WP4: Evaluation of Operational Feasibility: the main work is to evaluate operational feasibility of the system, including analysing the interoperability with existing ATC systems and usability and acceptability by air traffic controllers .- WP5: Technological Implementation Plan: the main work is to provide the TIP, in accordance with the guidelines from the EC. This will be done in co-ordination with the User Group members, representatives of the aerospace and ATM community. - WP6: Management and Final Synthesis: the main work is to maintain an efficient communication with the EC, other related projects, and to disseminate findings through workshops, conferences, and an Internet Site. A further task is the final synthesis, resulting in a confidential and a publishable final report with conclusions and recommendations.
Main milestone is availability of the ATC wake vortex safety and capacity platform to interested organisations (ATS providers, airport authorities, ATM industry, and research and development centres). This platform will integrate: wake vortex prediction and monitoring system; aircraft spacing predictor; weather forecasting, nowcasting and monitoring systems; total airspace and airport simulator; and air traffic controller interface (HMI).
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts