The scope of the Airport Operations Work Package (WP 6) is the refinement and validation of the concept definition, as well as the preparation and coordination of its operational validation process. The Airport Operations Work Package will address developments associated with the 'airside' elements of airport operations only. However, to ensure effective planning and management, landside elements (such as passenger and baggage handling) will be taken into consideration, but with any required 'landside' development activities being undertaken outside SESAR.
WP 6 will contribute to the ATM Master Plan achievement by enabling improvements in airport throughput and the continuous best use of available infrastructure under all weather conditions. It will also minimise the risk of runway incursions and provide safety nets to prevent collisions on runways, taxiways and aprons. In addition, the environmental impacts of individual aircraft operations will be reduced. All of these benefits will lead to increases in the declared capacity of an airport.
The objectives of WP 6 are to:
- Develop, refine and update the Airport Operations concept, based upon the SESAR CONOPS and ensure consistency with other elements of the work programme;
- Develop Collaborative airport planning, including development of the Airport Operations Plan (AOP) and of the Airport Operations Centre, as well as improvements to Airport CDM;
- Improve the management of airport surface traffic (which includes aircraft and vehicle traffic) through the definition of safety nets to prevent conflicts and collisions, the netter routing, guidance ad tactical planning of traffic movements under all weather conditions;
- Improve runway management through enhanced procedures, dynamic separations (including Wake Vortex) and definition of associated system requirements (both ground and airborne). The focus will be on improving runway throughput at all times, whilst preventing runway incursions and reducing queuing;
- Improve provision of aerodrome control services at remote or small airports through the development of concepts of 'remote and virtual towers'.
All of these developments will be consolidated and presented to the controller though the definition of an integrated Controller Working Position (iCWP)
The work programme of WP 6 will reflect the dependencies with TMA operations, whereby WP 6 will address wake vortex development on behalf of both airport and TMA operations.
WP 6 is divided into 22 projects:
SWP 6.0 Global Co-ordination & Management
SWP 6.2 Coordination and consolidation of operational concept definition and validation
SWP 6.3 Integrated and pre-operational validation
P 6.3.1. The Airport in the ATM environment
P 6.3.2. Airport ATM performance (execution phase)
P 6.3.3. Full integration of airport planning & execution
SWP 6.5 Collaborative airport planning
P 6.5.1 Airport operations plan definition
P 6.5.2 Airport operations plan validation
P 6.5.3 Airport capacity and flow management
P 6.5.4 AirPort Operations Centre (APOC) definition
P 6.5.5 Integration of MET Data into APOC processes
SWP 6.6 Airport CDM
P 6.6.1 Operations in adverse weather and/or exceptional operating conditions / recovery management
P 6.6.2 Integration of airport – airline/ground handlers – ATC processes (incl. turnaround) in ATM
SWP 6.7 Surface management
P 6.7.1 Airport safety support tools for pilots, vehicle drivers and controllers
P 6.7.2 A-SMGCS Routing and planning functions
P 6.7.3 A-SMGCS Guidance function
SWP 6.8 Runway management
P 6.8.1 Flexible and Dynamic Use of Wake Vortex Separations
P 6.8.2 Brake to vacate
P 6.8.3 Separation minima reductions across flight phases
P 6.8.4 Coupled AMAN-DMAN
P 6.8.5 GBAS operational implementation
P 6.8.7 Improved weather resilience – re-classify criteria for Low Visibility Procedures (LVP)
SWP 6.9 Tower management & CWP
P 6.9.2 Advanced integrated CWP (A-iCWP)
P 6.9.3 Remote & virtual TWR
Information to follow after the initiation phase.