• 21 of October, 2021
    14:30 > 16:00
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After the success of last month’s SESAR Digital Academy session on safer and more environmentally friendly arrival operations (read more), we are pleased to announce a second session on the same topic. This second webinar will include three additional presentations from ongoing SESAR research projects working on improvements targeting the arrival phase of flight.

The webinar will kick off by looking at some exciting developments in the area of runway operations enabled by satellite navigation technology, which are being addressed by SESAR 2020 ongoing projects PJ02-W2 and DREAMS. These include having precise instrument approach procedures to two different thresholds on the same runway (referred to a second runway aiming point) or opening the possibility for adding a second glide slope on top of the traditional one (referred to as increased glide slope). These developments will contribute to the reduction of the environmental impact of airports on their neighbouring communities, and can enable a reduction of wake separation minima between certain aircraft pairs.

Next up, we will focus on the innovative concepts for use of satellite-based vertical navigation (also referred to as geometric altimetry) in the approach phase, under research by Solution PJ02-W2-04.3. Their work builds on the previous SESAR validations that brought to maturity the use of geometric altimetry for the vertical guidance in the final approach segment (see SESAR Solutions #103,#9 and #51). The goal now is to take advantage of the increased precision of geometric altimetry earlier in the approach phase, thereby allowing a more smooth approach vertical path in all atmospheric conditions. This will contribute to increased safety in the stabilisation phase, as well as a reduction in the environmental impact.

Finally, participants will have a chance to hear from the SESAR 2020 exploratory research project INVIRCAT, which is aiming at developing a concept of operations for integrating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into the arrival stream. The research challenges include the need to factor in the potential latencies in the communications and implementation of commands. The research also aims at understanding how ATC procedures may need to be adapted to integrate RPAS using automatic take-off and landing (ATOL).

The webinar will also provide interested participants a chance to put your questions to our panel of experts, which include:


Welcome and setting the scene
Olivia Nunez, ATM Expert, SESAR JU
Increased second glide scope and second runway aiming point
Frédéric Rooseleer, Airport ATM Expert, EUROCONTROL
Smoother and safer approaches with geometric altimetry
Pierre-Yves Dumas, Navigation expert, Thales
Integrating RPAS into the arrival stream
Gunnar Schwoch, Research Associate, DLR
moderated by Olivia Nunez, ATM Expert, SESAR JU

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