Assigning holding stacks to history
Today, arriving traffic is managed and sequenced in the airspace close to the airport. Faced with increasing traffic, airports are looking for ways to overcome congestion and reduce the need for holding. Extended-AMAN (E-AMAN) allows for the sequencing of arrival traffic much earlier than is currently the case, by extending the AMAN horizon from the airspace close to the airport to further upstream and so allowing more smooth traffic management. Controllers in the upstream sectors, which may be in a different control centre or even a different functional airspace block (FAB), obtain system advisories to support an earlier pre-sequencing of aircraft. All parties share the same information using a system-wide information management (SWIM) service. Already implemented in the UK (Heathrow), Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland (Zurich), the solution is part of synchronised deployment plans across Europe in accordance with the Pilot Common Project. London-Heathrow has cut holding times in its arrival stacks by one minute, reducing noise emissions and saving airlines EUR 2.9 million in fuel savings and a reduction of over 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
This SESAR Solution #05 is implemented in London Heathrow, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland (Zurich)