On time, resilient and seamless traffic in European airspace requires a modernized air transport system. In the next 20 years, the frequency of air travel for the average citizen will increase by one to two percent per year in developed countries, according to a recent IATA forecast. This means new challenges for airports and pilots, who will have to manage increased congestion whilst maintaining safety.

The majority of cockpit crews currently have access to information such as the digital layout of airports or a graphical representation of their own position through what is called the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system. AUDIO proposes to provide additional local data, including the surrounding traffic and optimised taxi routing, currently available to controllers only.

Equipped with this additional information, onboard operations are expected to run smoother as crews are aware of the planned ground trajectory and the surrounding complex environment. This also allows them to react more easily to last-minute re-planning of routes. The expected result: safer ground movements and a more stable sequence, less complexity for the crew, more efficient taxiing, and fewer emissions due to lower fuel consumption.

In an operational environment at Hamburg Airport, AUDIO will demonstrate the use of the onboard Connected Moving Map application installed on the EFB system.

Demonstration of the innovative application in a real-life operational context helps ensure its technical feasibility, acceptance by pilots, airlines, manufacturers and other stakeholders in the ATM community, and prepare its market uptake.

Steffen Loth

Steffen Loth

Project Coordinator, DLR AT-One

“Promising new solutions for airport operators and air navigation service providers are almost ready for deployment at European airports and pre-operational trials have shown safety and efficiency benefits. For an integrated approach to a modernized air transport, we now need to go beyond these ground-based solutions, involve airlines as a central partner and share available information between all stakeholders.”

About SESAR 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

AUDIO has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 783161.

SESAR 2020 is an innovative programme for researching the future of air traffic management in Europe. It builds on its predecessor, SESAR 1, to deliver high-performing operational and technological solutions for uptake by the aviation industry. With a budget of 1.6 billion, SESAR 2020 supports projects to deliver solutions in four key areas, namely: airport operations, network operations, air traffic services, and technology enablers.

As the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR aims to modernise and harmonise air traffic management in Europe. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership to support this endeavour. It does so by pooling the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate innovative technological and operational solutions. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU has 19 members, who together with their partners and affiliate associations will represent over 100 companies working in Europe and beyond.


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