NLR, LVNL conduct SESAR simulations

The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR of the Netherlands  and Air Traffic Control the Netherlands LVNL have conducted SESAR real-time simulations at NLR premises.

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Within the SESAR project, NLR and LVNL have teamed up as consortium LVNL to jointly execute projects. These real-time simulations were part of SESAR’s Tactical TMA and En-route Queue Management project, led by Italian air navigation service p rovider ENAV, in which new techniques are used to ensure that aircraft arrival can be planned earlier.

The advantage of early planning is that a more stable and more predictable stream of aircraft is created while minimising delay. When the planning horizon from Schiphol airport is extended through the small Dutch airspace, one easily extends past the Dutch border. For that reason Maastricht Upper Area Control, responsible for handling the high traffic above the Netherlands, Belgium and North-Germany, was also involved in these simulations.

Over the last months, a simulation environment was set up on NLR’s research ATC simulator NARSIM allowing inbound traffic to be coordinated above Germany. The Maastricht controllers receive a data-message with a request to clear an inbound aircraft for a certain speed.

In The Netherlands, this speed is then subsequently adopted by the LVNL controllers. The speed advice is calculated in such a way that a stable stream of inbound traffic to Schiphol is created that can be more easily handled in the last phase of the flight. This concept, in which speed advices are automatically calculated for inbound aircraft is part of the so-called Speed And Route Advisory (SARA) project of LVNL.

These ‘Extended Arrival Management’ operations form a crucial part of the SESAR concept. The results of the simulation will contribute to the overall operational concept of SESAR which aims to modernise the European ATM system.

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