• Project ID TACO
  • Project duration 2017-03-04 > 2017-03-04
  • Cost
    • Total EUR 599 992,50
    • EU Contr. EUR 599 992,50
  • Status Closed

Taking control of airport complexity

Airports are complex places, especially when it comes to managing the movements of civil and military aircraft and a myriad of service vehicles. It is not surprising then that SESAR members and partners have invested significant effort to research, develop and deliver a first set of automated tools to support controllers in managing airport surface movements.

The TaCo project took a fresh look at the challenge of complex surface operations especially in non-nominal conditions by exploring automation in other disciplines, such as robotics and gaming. Like air traffic control tools, video games such as real-time strategy games, use highly interactive graphics to enable gamers to manage the course of the game.

With these insights, TaCo partners developed a tool for guiding the controllers towards an optimised management of the movements of airport vehicles and aircraft: for example, it supports them in maximising the usage of the runway and minimising the global fuel consumption.

Moreover, the TaCo tool allows controllers to define the behaviour of alarms and automation through innovative user-programming techniques by using a domain specific graphic language. This tool can capture user requirments during the design phase of automation and has the potential to be applied to modify automation in real-time during operations. 

The early results from TaCo indicate that automation strategies might be a valuable benefit in nominal circumstances even in airports that are not categorised as highly complex. In spite of the singularity of each airport, having a support tool that assists the controllers in achieving an optimised management of the movements is a transversal need that can be fulfilled by  TaCo-like systems with no major changes in the concept.


Optimised management of airport surface operations

Increased airport throughput

Reduced fuel consumption

Project Members:  Deep Blue (Project Coordinator), ENAC, Malta ANSP

Project Deliverables

699382_D2.1_Problem Definition

699382_D2.2_State of the art

699382_D5.1_Evaluation Report

Latest news

  • Final Project Results Report - TACO


    TaCo (Take Control) Final Workshop

    11th of April, 2018
    Malta Airport , Malta
  • This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 699382

    European Union