Advanced Airspace Management - SESAR 2020 Project PJ08 (AAM)

The project

The SESAR 2020 Advanced Airspace Management (AAM) Project will develop a Dynamic Airspace Configuration function including Dynamic Mobile Areas based on improved traffic prediction, and will be executed as one of the processes for matching capacity to traffic demand and meeting performance objectives.

PJ08 kicked off in November 2016. Wave 1 will be completed by 2019, to be followed by Wave 2.

Challenges

The Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC) concept will allow Sector Design and Dynamic Sector Configuration based on predicted traffic, including user-preferred trajectories in a complex free route environment. DAC will integrate the allocation of dynamically defined forms of airspace configuration (Areas) (with lateral and vertical dimensions + timeframe allocation), designed to respond flexibly to different performance objectives which vary in time and place: the Dynamic Mobile Areas (DMAs) type 1 (at variable geographical locations to ensure the best possible Network scenario) and type 2 (at variable geographical locations along the trajectory, activated/deactivated during specific timeframes).

With respect to SESAR 1 achievements, the Dynamic Airspace Configuration concept introduces the following elements:

  • New approach – Initial performance-based operations;
  • New processes – Move from collaborative processes to ASM, merged with DCB, into fully integrated ASM/ATFCM/ATS CDM layered process;
  • New operational means – Airspace Configurations get fully dynamic and become the operational tool of integrated capacity management process;
  • Shared Airspace Modules and Sector Building Block architecture;
  • Automated Support for Dynamic Airspace Configurations;
  • Dynamic sectorisation and Constraint Management.

DAC will offer new opportunities for ANSPs to review and redesign their local tools, e.g. to integrate Airspace Design and Sector Configuration tools based on DAC with Airspace Reservation and FMP planning tools.

Deliverables

PJ08 brings together and builds on different strands of research started in SESAR 1 such as the FUA concept and the DAC concept, providing a more flexible and dynamic approach to airspace sector configuration based on Airspace User needs.
PJ08 will further elaborate the definition of DAC/DMA, including data models and operational processes. It will also assess their performance impact and their integration into the DCB process. Lastly, it will develop automated tools to generate optimum sector and DMA design and configurations.

PJ08 will evaluate two solutions:

  • Solution one - Management of Dynamic Airspace Configurations (PJ08.01) will develop processes, procedures and tools through:
    • En-route ATC sector design and configuration principles based on 4D trajectory forecasts;
    • The activation of airspace configurations through an integrated collaborative decision-making process, at local, sub-regional and regional levels;
    • En-route ATC sector configurations with both fixed and dynamic elements (i.e. fixed and flexible routing, reserved/restricted airspace – ARES, CBA, CBO, DMA).
  • Solution two - Dynamic Airspace Configuration supporting Moving Areas (PJ08.02) is the continuation of solution one to extend the support of DAC to Dynamic Mobile Areas of type 3 (a ‘bubble’ moving with the aircraft to be separated from the rest of the traffic. The use of such areas limits the size and duration of the volume of segregated airspace to the required minimum). It includes all the updates needed for DAC management and processes, and all the systems and tools supporting DMA type 3. Besides DMA type 3, this solution also includes the automated impact assessment of hazard zones due to weather phenomena, which can evolve in four dimensions, and their integration into the DAC process.

Benefits

PJ08 is expected to have a positive impact on:

  • Capacity: better use of available ATC capacity and better matching of ATC workload, leading to reduced demand/capacity imbalance.
  • Cost Effectiveness:
    • Improved ATM resource planning and better use of existing capacities, leading to reduced ATC costs.
    • Reduced maintenance and development costs for the Network Manager and local service providers. Advanced Airspace Management supported by SWIM/NOP Information Platform will reduce the number of different remote HMI applications (through implementation of one-stop-shop access) and will streamline assets through the use of uniform service-oriented principles.
  • Fuel Efficiency: reduced flight time as a direct support to free route operations.
  • Flexibility: responding to any change of demand pattern or unexpected change of user trajectory intents.
  • Safety & Security: automated support tools and an increased common situational awareness at sub-regional and regional levels.
  • Interoperability: common situation awareness of Airspace Structures, Sector Configuration and Dynamic Movable Areas throughout Europe. Common interfaces with Trajectory Management and DCB enables further integration of ASM, ATFCM and ATC.
  • Participation: enabling stakeholder collaborations earlier in the planning phase and facilitating commitment to network performance optimum by making stakeholder intentions and actions more transparent.

EUROCONTROL’s role

EUROCONTROL, as the Network Manager, has a strategic interest in this project, given our expertise in Airspace Management, Civil-Military Operations coordination, and Flow and Capacity management of the European ATM network.
EUROCONTROL leads the project, its two solutions, and the concept and architecture definition.

Our contribution is focused on:

  • Ensuring global interoperability at European and Worldwide level.
  • Performing Network impact assessment and consolidating cases

Related projects

PJ08 will coordinate with the Projects, directly interfacing with AAM such as PJ07, PJ09 and PJ18, and PJ09, in particular, for the integration of the DAC process into DCB.

Participating partners

  • POLSKA AGENCJA ZEGLUGI POWIETRZNEJ (Poland)
  • DFS DEUTSCHE FLUGSICHERUNG GMBH (Germany)
  • DIRECTION DES SERVICES DE LA NAVIGATION AERIENNE (France)
  • ENTIDAD PUBLICA EMPRESARIAL ENAIRE (Spain)
  • ENAV SPA (Italy)
  • ATOS BELGIUM SA/NV (Belgium)
  • INDRA SISTEMAS SA (Spain)
  • STIFTELSEN SINTEF (Norway)
  • NATS (EN ROUTE) PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY (United Kingdom)
  • THALES AIR SYSTEMS SAS (France)
  • AIRBUS SAS (France)
  • RIZENI LETOVEHO PROVOZU CESKE REPUBLIKY STATNI PODNIK (Czech Republic)
  • Letové prevádzkové služby Slovenskej Republiky, štátny podnik (Slovak Republic)
  • Valstybes imone "Oro navigacija” (Lithuania)
  • FREQUENTIS AG (Austria)
  • HUNGAROCONTROL MAGYAR LEGIFORGALMI SZOLGALAT ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RESZVENYTARSASAG (Hungary)
  • AIRTEL ATN LIMITED (Ireland)
  • SAAB AKTIEBOLAG (Sweden)

Project leader

  • Giuseppe Murgese

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 731796