Validation projects

Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) and Continuous Climb Operations (CCO)

Release: 2015

Reference: -

Location: Paris

Description

The solution sees the progressive implementation of procedures for Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) and Continuous Climb Operations (CCO) in higher density traffic, optimised for each airport arrival/departure procedure.

Description of the exercises

A combination of real-time simulations and live trials will be conducted to globally assess the benefits and limitations of CDO and Point Merge, particularly with regards to fuel efficiency. Specifically, the exercises will seek to further optimise vertical profiles and routes of aircraft and reduce step descents in case of arrivals on minority flow. These exercises will take place at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports.

Expected benefits

  • Increased fuel efficiency
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Enhanced safety
  • Improved capacity