Flow-based AMAN/DMAN integration
With this solution, integrated AMAN and DMAN aims at increasing throughput and predictability at airports by improved coordination between en-route, approach and tower controllers. Arrival and departure flows to the same runway (or for dependent runways) are integrated by setting up a fixed arrival departure pattern for defined periods. The successive pattern might be chosen by the operators or provided by an optimisation algorithm considering arrival and departure demand. Departure flow to the runway is managed by pre-departure sequencing (integrating route planning), while arrival flow to the runway is managed by arrival metering.
Exercises at London Gatwick validated the use of route planning information provided by A-SMGCS to improve AMAN and DMAN integration. The results were as followed:
• Increased predictability in terms of TTOT and target landing time (TLDT), resulting in increased runway throughput and reduced fuel burn;
• Enabler for accurate runway sequencing to facilitate E-AMAN;
• Positive feedback from controllers regarding the integrated sequence, shared view and ability to input multiple runway patterns with different start times.
The validation results for this solution are conclusive and sufficient to support a decision for industrialisation.