Brussels, 9 March 2016: The two-year demonstration project, Augmented Approaches to Land (AAL), won the 2017 Single European Sky Award for Innovation and Technology. The awards were delivered by Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and European Commission Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei, at the World Air Traffic Management Conference and Exhibition, in Madrid. The ceremony took place on 7 March 2017 and was hosted at the SESAR Exchange Theatre.
According to Mr Hololei: “Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) will play an important role in future commercial air transport operations, and this project is blazing a trail in the innovative application of this technology to complement highly precise operations in marginal landing conditions. Moreover, it also brings together a full range of ATM stakeholders and demonstrates real environmental and noise benefits of SESAR solutions.”
The AAL project demonstrated the feasibility of several advanced approach procedures at all types of airports, based on the following five technologies: Curved Required Navigation Performance (RNP) legs, Ground-Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS), Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS), and Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS).
This ambitious SESAR Large Scale Demonstration project has shown that curved satellite-based augmented navigation and augmented vision can improve airport access while reducing the impact of airspace users on the environment. The project conducted over 360 trial flights in real-life environments to validate new technologies and operations that have proven to be feasible and accurate, and that can provide benefits to the aviation community and the population.
Mr Hololei added: “It is the first initiative worldwide to analyse and describe the minimum airport requirements to enable low visibility landings using several advanced approach procedures at all types of airports and to demonstrate with full flight simulator and trial flights that such operations are safe and feasible at affordable airport costs.”
Co-funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the project was led by NetJets Europe, supported by Honeywell and Dassault Aviation each leading technical work packages, and grouped major aviation stakeholders, including Airbus, Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne, European Business Aviation Association, Elbit Systems, Fraport, Lufthansa, skyguide, SWISS and Zürich Airport.
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About SESAR – As the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR aims to modernise and harmonise air traffic management in Europe. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership to support this endeavour. It does so by pooling the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate innovative technological and operational solutions. The SESAR JU is also responsible for the execution of the European ATM Master Plan which defines the EU priorities for R&D and implementation. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU has 19 members, who together with their partners represent over 100 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SESAR JU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators and the scientific community.