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PJ07 OAUO Report Summary

Project ID: 733020
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PJ07 OAUO (PJ07 Optimised Airspace Users Operations)

Reporting period: 2016-10-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The SESAR 2020 Optimised Airspace User Operations Project (OAUO) or PJ07 is an Industrial Research project that addresses both civil and military airspace users (AUs), by further improving their processes and tools in relation to their interaction with ATM Network Operations, with at its heart an improved Collaborative Decision‑Making (CDM) process that takes into account the evolving business needs of airspace users.

PJ07 is addressing the following problems:

- A better view of actual demand is required at ATM Network level in order to improve the performance of ATM operations in a Trajectory Based environment;
- The decision processes of AUs and the resulting business priorities differ from AU to AU and from flight to flight in a single AU. Currently, the trajectory development and management processes used in ATM do not allow each individual user to incorporate specific flight priorities into the requested trajectory and to respect constraints in a way that best meets business priorities;
- Irregular operations impose additional costs on airlines and have a huge impact on the annual costs and revenue of airlines. Today, the ATM system allows AUs limited flexibility. A better recovery process incorporating the ability of the ATM system to follow the decision processes of AUs and accommodate their changing business priorities, could mitigate such impact considerably.
- Operational Air Traffic (OAT) flight plans are not harmonised on a European level and information is not disseminated to the Network. This results in a lack of awareness of military traffic intentions that can affect ATM Network performance (including safety), and makes for a lack of flexibility in the definition of cross-border exercises as well as limitations in terms of interoperability.

Importance for Society:

Most of the benefits of PJ07-OAUO are related to improved efficiency, flexibility and cost-effectiveness for the AUs, which will be translated into potentially substantial cost savings. According to the cost-benefit analysis carried out by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, this will result in potential savings of several hundreds of millions of euros over the next 20 years.

The overall project objectives:

• PJ07 Optimized Airspace Users Operations aims at improved Airspace Users’ participation - through their Flight/Wing Operations Centre - into ATM Network Collaborative Processes in the future Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) - and Collaborative Decision Making environment. The objective is to improve the planning of flights taking into account existing ATM constraints and to minimize impacts of deteriorated operations for all stakeholders including Airspace Users, in relation with the current ICAO approach on the establishment of a collaborative environment for flights & flow planning (FF-ICE).
• The PJ07 Optimized Airspace Users Operations project will include further evolution of the Airspace Users ATM processes and tools developed in SESAR1. The SESAR1 projects have established the basis for sharing more information (e.g. preferences) at planning phase between Flight/Wing Operations Centres and ATM stakeholders through the use of the Extended Flight Plan (EFPL) and the improved OAT Flight Plan (iOAT FPL). For the User Driven Prioritization Process (UDPP), Airspace Users have defined methods beyond slot swapping to protect important flights in capacity constraints.
• The co-definition and validation by Airspace Users and ATM stakeholders of the additional information in future trajectories and how it should be used (trajectory management processes), as well as the integration of UDPP within the Trajectory Management processes and the Demand Capacity Balancing (DCB) processes are the objectives of PJ07 together with PJ18 and PJ09. UDPP validation started in SESAR1 will be completed in PJ07 in collaboration with the ATM stakeholders in PJ09 and PJ04

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The work progressed in 3 solutions and the current status is hereafter described per Solution.

Solution 1.
The solution consists of 2 parallel threads: a low maturity level thread (V1) and a medium level maturity thread (V2) which both progressed according to the agreed planning in the Project Management Plan (PMP).
For V1 an initial operational concept document was produced and for each of the 2 planned exercises an exercise Validation Plan which were integrated and delivered to SJU for review.
The V1 scope of the concept includes Airspace User’s absolute priority for usage in DCB in this Solution, including the Airspace Users preferences related to UDPP prioritised flights (of Solution 2).
The V2 concept developments related to the FF-ICE planning service and the provision of Enriched DCB information to AUs, are progressing well in close coordination with ICAO and NM developments. A good draft version of the concept document was ready (end 2017).
Preparations for the joint validation exercise with PJ09.03 are well advanced and an exercise pre-run took place (Dec 2017). All prototype developments of the different software components are ready.
Main Achievement: The pre-run of the exercise has demonstrated the feasibility of the prototype and the operational usefulness of the principles for the AUs.

Solution 2.
Solution 07.02 progressed according to the delivery plan agreed during the preparation of the PMP. The key tasks, such the Initial concept document (OSED), first iteration of the Validation Plan, Initial Technical Specifications, as well as the development of the prototype have all been prepared, reviewed and delivered internally and on-time.
The preparation of the concept development and the validation exercise are progressing well. Developments of the UDPP platform prototype are well under control. Developments of a UDPP server integrated in an APOC platform are still on-going.
Main achievement: well-advanced operational concept development (together with the AUs) and well-progressed prototype developments.

Solution 3.
Solution 07.03 progressed according to the delivery plan agreed in the preparation of the PMP. The key tasks, such as the development of an initial operational concept document (OSED) and an initial Validation Plan where produced and handed over to SJU for initial review. In parallel, initial Technical Specifications reflecting the developments needed for the validation of Solution 07.03 was delivered to SJU by Solution PJ18.01 as well as all the prototype developments. No delay of any significance was encountered.
Main achievement: all prototyping developments of the different parties were completed and the first integration tests took place.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

There has been no progress beyond the state of the art.

The results expected at the end of the project are:
1. Validated operational concept of AUs' Preferences related to DCB process, Absolute Priority, Congestion Level Indicator at initial level of maturity (V1)
2. Validated operational concept and process for AUs for pre-filing FPL with enhanced DCB information and What-If function at medium level (V2) of maturity.
3. Validated operational concept and process for Usage of UDPP integrated in Airport processes at medium level (V2) of maturity, enabling to reach the next stage (V3) in Wave 2. Validated the integration of UDPP in the ATM network processes at initial level of maturity.
4. Validated the integration of iOAT Flight Plan in the ATM Network at high level of maturity, enabling to reach a V3 stage in Wave 2.
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