The FAIR STREAM Project honoured

18.03.2016.- The FAIR STREAM project was the winner in the « Best Demonstration Project » category of the SESAR Project Awards at the World ATM Congress in Madrid on 8 March 2016.

The members of the FAIR STREAM consortium led by DSNA include 3 ANSP members of FABEC (DSNA, DFS, skyguide), 3 European airlines (Air France, SWISS, Lufthansa) and Airbus Prosky, Airbus’ ATM subsidiary. Other partners have been associated: Hop!, Delta and Boeing. Eurocontrol has also supported FAIR STREAM live trials.

This project demonstrated the feasibility of a new time-based operational procedure, known as “Target Time of Arrival (TTA)”, in situations where the arrival sector is saturated and needs to be regulated. FAIR STREAM conducted demonstrations and flight trials at 3 airports located in the core area: Paris-CDG arrivals, Zurich arrivals and Munich arrivals. With Calculated Take-Off Time (CTOT), the aircraft has a time constraint for its take-off but the real constraint in saturated airspace is not taken into account in the management of the flight. In cruise, it may accelerate to make up lost time. But the arrival sector being congested, aircraft may have to stack in holding patterns before landing. Finally, the aircraft with CTOT may even land at the airport later than the aircraft with a TTA whose flight management was smoother. With TTA being used by all stakeholders, the effectiveness of network solutions to saturated airspace should be improved.

FAIR STREAM demonstrated that flight crews with the existing on-board equipment could respect a TTA much better than during current operations. They can leave the gate earlier and fly more « fuel efficiently ». Moreover, ATCO and flight crew workload was not impacted. This concept can also be seen as a first step towards the initial 4D trajectory management concept.

Today, a new project, iStream (integrated SESAR Trials for Enhanced Arrival Management), aims at demonstrating the benefits of the TTA for complete traffic flows and the integration with an AMAN tool.
Maurice Georges, DSNA CEO, said : « This award is in recognition of the promising results of this project, that paves the way for better predictability of flights leading to smoother flight management and less arrival holding, while also preserving a high level of safety. »
Nominations of SESAR projects are assessed by a panel of experienced judges. The SESAR Projects Awards are given annually.

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 SJU is also responsible for the execution of the European ATM Master Plan. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU currently has 15 members, who together with their partners and affiliate associations represent over 80 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SESAR JU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators and the scientific community.
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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions Division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management Division.