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C-ATM PHASE 1 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 502911
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE
Country: France

Ground to air collaboration for the future

The initial phase of the project 'Cooperative air traffic management' (C-ATM) has been successfully implemented, offering a clear plan for improving the collaboration between air and ground operations.
Ground to air collaboration for the future
The continuing growth of air transport in Europe demands improvements in air traffic management (ATM). In order to avoid traffic congestion and delays, a major feat for the upcoming 15-20 years involves finding a way to extend existing capacity which will help reduce delays. The EU-funded C-ATM project aimed to do exactly that while simultaneously maintaining safety levels in the industry.

C-ATM's strategy involved first tackling initial steps which can be accomplished using current airspace organisation from 2012 and beyond. An innovative plan was moderated by transition policy in which airlines were participants.

A set of cooperative systems were put in place which are able to enhance the sharing of tasks between air and ground operations. Primary concerns were advancing the decision making process via an exchange of common system-wide data, boosting system capacity by improving flow management and heightening situation awareness of air and ground participants.

Several planning objectives were fulfilled including definition of operational concepts and the technical standards of C-ATM. Economic benefits of the system were analysed by evaluating models.

Technically, the system was optimised by improving 4-D trajectory exchange principles. Compatability between 4-D and the Airborne Separation Assistance System was also developed.

The achievements of C-ATM have put in place a framework which can be utilised for future air transport development. In particular, results can be used as a basis for the SESAR project, the European air traffic control infrastructure modernisation programme.

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