Airport ATC provision of ground-related clearances and information to vehicle drivers via datalink
- SJU reference # PJ.02-W2-21.3 /Release 10
- Status In the pipeline
DATALINK ADDS SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY TO VEHICLE OPERATIONS
This Solution was formerly part of PJ.03a-01-W1
Vehicle movements at the airport entail a wide range of operations in support of safe and efficient execution of ground airside operations including runway and taxiway inspection, towing of aircraft, follow-me, emergency, cleaning, catering, fuelling, baggage handling. These operations on the apron and manoeuvring area stand to benefit from automated exchange between vehicle drivers and tower controllers using datalink for ground-related clearances and information.
This candidate solution addresses improved situational awareness as a result of electronic communications between tower controllers and vehicle drivers. Datalink exchange reduces possible misunderstandings and ambiguities in the provisioning of clearances and requests from either side of the communication compared to clearances and information given by voice, thus increasing safety.
The tower controller has constant awareness of all the contacts and requests received via datalink, while the vehicle drivers have constant visual access to all the clearances in a digital format. Time critical instructions referring to operations occurring close to/on runways are handled via voice, while other communications can be handled via both datalink and voice, according to procedures defined locally at the airport.
Expected benefits include a facilitation of the tower controller’s work while maintaining the level of safety with increasing traffic.
Improved human performance