- SJU reference # PJ.04-W2-28.1 /Release 10
- Status In the pipeline
CONNECTED REGIONAL AIRPORTS
This Solution was formerly part of PJ.04-01-W1
Airports can be integrated into the air traffic management network by departure planning information (DPI) messages to the Network Manager. On the one hand, large airports can implement airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM), which improves the information exchange with the network manager (NM) by sharing the status and time estimates of their outbound flights. On the other hand, smaller airports can implement the advanced ATC tower concept, allowing them to send a DPI message to the NMOC when an aircraft leaves the blocks. Regional airports not ready to invest in the full A-CDM suite but willing to share more than what is offered by the advanced ATC tower concept with the NMOC benefit from a third candidate solution using a reduced set of CDM milestones to deliver quasi-automatic messages to the network reducing the need for airline/ground handler inputs.
Regional airports have an impact on the network and the sharing of accurate estimates of take-off times for flights from such airports could bring network performance benefits as a result of enhanced traffic predictability and reduced need for sector capacity ‘buffers’. The connected regional network solution introduces a simplified approach based on a reduced set of event-driven – rather than time-driven - turnaround milestones. The milestones are generated in a quasi-automatic manner and offer a full set of DPI messages to the NMOC.
The connected regional airports candidate solution improves the efficiency of the turnaround process at the airport as a result of the process of information sharing, with CDM partners able to access key milestones for each flight. The concept provides regional airports with an affordable means of achieving the Network Manager accuracy criteria.