Network collaborative management: moving to dynamic demand and capacity balancing

29 March 2017

Using filed flight plan and real-time update information, the Network Manager (NM) can delay the take-off times of many flights to avoid congested hotspots – where the number of flights planned to pass through a particular airspace sector or airport is greater than the controller’s capability to handle them.

SESAR 1 has shown that cooperation between controllers, pilots and airport operators makes it possible to target individual flights by applying short-term air traffic flow capacity management (ATFCM) measures (STAMs) – such as a minor ground delay, flight level cap or minor rerouting – using locally-preferred solutions, rather than applying a regulation to a group of flights some time in advance.

However, even though STAM measures are an effective way to solve hotspots and reduce complexity problems, there are important challenges to overcome before they can be introduced throughout Europe – for example, the coordination of workflows between partners is often too slow and complex.

“There are still several technical issues to be resolved,” says Franck Ballerini, Head of Unit Network Research and Development, Directorate ATM. “The SESAR 2020 Project 24 (PJ24) is there to fill the gap, to work towards deployment on a large scale involving each stakeholder in live trials.”

Read our Skyway article to find out more about the network collaborative management project.


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