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PJ24 NCM Report Summary

Project ID: 733021
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PJ24 NCM (PJ24 VLD Network Collaborative Management)

Reporting period: 2016-11-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

To many airspace users the current measures taken by the ANSP’s and the Network Manager (NM) to avoid congested hotspots - where the number of flights planned to pass through a particular airspace sector or airport is greater than the controller’s capability to handle them – can often appear unduly invasive to their finely-tuned flight schedules. Using filed flight plan and real-time update information the NM often has to delay the take-off times of many flights to avoid a predicted overload hours. But what if the NM could surgically target individual flights - a minor rerouting, an altitude cap for example – to prevent the development of congested hotpots minutes, rather than hours, before they are predicted to occur?
By applying short-term air traffic flow capacity management (ATFCM) measures (STAMs) controllers can flexibly introduce traffic-overload prevention measures in response to the actual demand on the system. Via cooperation between controllers, pilots and airport operators it is possible to target individual flights with a STAM measure - such as a minor ground delay, flight level cap, or minor re-routing - using locally preferred solutions, rather than applying a regulation to a group of flights some time in advance.
SESAR 1 trails have shown that STAM measures are an effective way to solve hotspots and reduce complexity problems. If STAMs were installed at the top 10 delay-producing ATC centres in Europe a potential saving of €1 million per day could be achieved. For airports, information on target times for arrival and departure, as well as taxiing and turnaround times captured with the airport operations centre, along with other measures, will be consolidated within the NM’s Network Operations system. More accurate data on flight punctuality will reduce the amount of flight planning “buffers” needed to cope with uncertain capacity loads, increasing airport capacity by up to 5.3%, reducing reactionary delays and saving airspace users up to 3% on their fuel bill.
The VLD Network Collaborative Management PJ24 project aims to demonstrate in a network collaborative environment the following objectives:
• optimization of the traffic delivery into sectors and airports.
• optimization of the use of Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) measures.
The demonstration scope is to prove that the performance targets and expectations at the network and local level could be better achieved through a collaborative synchronized effort of all the involved actors. An important part of improving the performance of network and airport operations is the effective and efficient planning of network (including ground) resources, by linking local optimization processes (including airport processes) with network optimization processes, taking into account stakeholders’ preferences where possible. This facilitates also the innovative usage and application of fine-tuned tailored measures (including target times) to further enhance of performance and predictability.

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

PJ24 NCM Grant amendment process started for the Amendment no. 1. On SJU request, PJ24 Annex 1 Part B was updated to reflect the annual financial instalments, specifically sub-chapter 3.4.1. The final version (v1.3) of Part B valid for the Amendment has been submitted to H2020 and uploaded on ECAS at the beginning of July 2017.
PJ24 NCM submitted the D1.1 PJ24 DEMO Plan edition 01.00.00 to H2020 and uploaded on ECAS on 5th April, which form that moment constitutes the main document in terms of management of the Project and also serve as Exercise Guide. It includes from the spread of the participation of partners in each of the tasks to Use Cases to be demonstrated and schedule of the different executions.
Following the SJU official review at the beginning of May and after consulting the PJ24 partners, a new version of PJ24 DEMOP was created (v1.1) in June 2017, addressing all the required changes and clarifications in a consolidated effort of all the constituent parties.
PJ24 Availability Note started to be drafted by the PJ24 beneficiaries running the first DEMO EXE iterations.
D1.4 D1.5 D1.6 D1.7 Quarterly Progress Reports Q4/2016, Q1/2017, Q2/2017 and Q3/2017 were delivered to H2020 and uploaded on ECAS.
Contact with the Airspace User consortium for the SESAR 2020 VLD NCM was initiated at the end of September in order to start synchronising the timeline of the DEMO activities of the two projects, as well as their deliverables and milestones. In DEC 2017 a F2F was organised with the purpose of evolving in the coordination.
Planning of communication activities was discussed with the PJ24 beneficiaries who are already executing the first iterations of DEMO activities and will be synchronised as well with the communication activities run by the AU consortium.
The safety aspects of the first DEMO EXE iterations were addressed at the local level by the respective PJ24 beneficiaries in collaboration with the national supervisory authorities. The feedback will be incorporated in the first version of PJ24 Safety Management Plan.
Four Projects F2F meetings for PJ24 took place during the period. Numerous discussions, webexes have been held to further detail the operational demonstrations and to prepare the planned exercises under the PJ24 workpackages. Local systems and NM systems have been changed and prepared to facilitate demonstration activities, specifically related to B2B data exchange.
Finally, 3 iterations of 2 different Demonstrations were already executed; they were successfully driven by DSNA and ENAIRE:
- CLM flows managed by LFEE ACC
- Madrid-Bordeaux flows managed by LFBB and LECM ACCs
All the other exercises are on schedule and in preparation phase to be executed in the coming months, which will help to fully accomplish the objectives.

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)

The Network Collaborative Management functionality is expected to improve the quality and the timeliness of the network information shared by all ATM stakeholders, thus ensuring significant benefits in terms of Air Navigation Services productivity gains and delay cost savings by:
-Integrating local and network DCB procedures and to assess the impact of local and network solutions on network performance indicators
-Identifying, sharing and creating awareness of local and network issues for potential DCB imbalances.
-Demonstrating the link between network DCB processes and local tactical capacity management processes.
-Showing how ATC and ATFCM processes can benefit from users preferences and priorities information, by exchanging data and coordination.
-Achieving full airports-network integration through the timely AOP-NOP data exchange and Network coordination procedures.
By 2019 NCM is aiming to see a demand/capacity balancing environment not based on large rudimental measures but targeted and fi ne-tuned, on a flight by flight basis. This will reduce controller workload, improve flight efficiencies and, ultimately, better use capacity within the network. The ultimate customer, in terms of our demonstration, will be the airspace user. But this is a highly cooperative process, and integrating all the planning systems of stakeholders will bring benefits for every stakeholder.
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