Waiting in a queue for take-off burns unnecessary fuel, generates delay and unpredictability and is frustrating for passengers. Fortunately, we encounter these queues less and less, due to a large extent to the way the departure management process is transforming departure time from an informed estimate into a precise art.
The departure manager (DMAN) tool takes into account the scheduled departure times, slot constraints, runway constraints and airport factors. In doing so, it improves traffic predictability, cost efficiency and environmental sustainability, as well as safety. By taking into consideration information such as the aircraft’s readiness to leave its parking stand, runway capacity and slot constraints, tower controllers can optimise the pre-departure sequence.
In order to calculate reliable sequences, DMAN needs access to accurate information about the status of individual flights and airport resources from different systems. The airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM) platform supports this information exchange. For example, the airline or ground handler can provide the target off-block time (TOBT), while the tower controller uses tables which generate variable taxi times to achieve the target take-off time (TTOT). Information about departure slots or calculated take-off times (CTOTs) is sourced from the Network Manager, responsible for flow control across the whole of Europe.
SJU references: #106/Release 1
- Improved predictability and stability of departure sequence, start-up approval time and off-time blocks
- Enhanced tactical runway scheduling
- Reduced waiting and taxi times and runway delays
- Significant reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions