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July, 2003

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Safety research in the aftermath of the Bodensee mid-air collision   How is the centre's strategy responding to the high level Action Group's requirement to develop the "means of ensuring that safety is fully and explicitly integrated into all future design concepts"? More ...

How can SAND help you to integrate safety into your project?

80 papers presented at the USA/Europe ATM R&D Seminar in Budapest!

Stakeholder Survey: Well Tuned to Needs, but all is not rosy ...
The 2002 edition of the Stakeholder Survey shows that our activity portfolio is, in general, well tuned to stakeholder expectations and the services provided are of very good quality. However, there are some very troubling criticisms, the worst of which is our apparent inability to ensure the operational application of research results. More...

Strategic Orientation of Experimental Centre Strengthened by Participation in European Commission 6th Framework. The Experimental Centre has concentrated its participation on the first segment "Focussing and Integrating European Union research" More...

Are Europe's Air Routes Costing the Earth? This study shows that the European air route structure leads to distances flown of up to 9% more than would be the case if aircraft could fly directly. In addition to its impact on the environment, the extra fuel burnt could be costing the airlines in the order of 1,000 to 2,500 million euros per year. More...

ESCAPE Platform Used for Live Operation   ESCAPE is the centre's real-time simulator. With the addition of interfaces to real data sources, it is often used in control centres for pre-operational trials of new controller tools. Earlier this year it was used, for the first time, for live operations. More...

Cockpit Simulators in 3 Countries Connected Simultaneously to ESCAPE Platform for Mediterranean Free Flight (MFF) Simulations The 3 high fidelity cockpit simulators were located in Rome, Brétigny and Amsterdam. The objective of the exercise was to study the impact on flight crews of Airborne Separation Assistance Systems (ASAS) instructions. More...

What is AVENUE Compliant ESCAPE?   Find out about the centre's new real time simulation platform from an interview with the ACE Project Manager. More...

A New Airport Throughput Research Area (APT) has been created with the challenge of creating extra airport capacity using new procedures and technology, while resolving environmental problems. More...

Airport Collaborative Decision Making Aims to Improve Turn-Round at European Airports leading to a more accurate flow of data to and from the CFMU (Central Flow Management Unit) concerning arrival and departure times. The CFMU will be able to use this information to enhance the management of slot times and en-route capacity. More...

Environmentally Sustainable Airport Operations - Web Site Under Construction   The ESAO project is developing a web site called 'SOPHOS', which will act as a central store of environment related resources and as a communication platform. The aim of SOPHOS is to help airport stakeholders (airlines, airports, ANSPs) to make more informed decisions when considering environmental options. More…

Real Time Simulations Confirm that Redesigned Airspace will Allow Enlarged Military Area   A modified Military Training Area will be implemented in Germany in November 2003. This area, known as TRA LAUTER, will be increased in size which will result in a major change to the routing of civil air traffic around the area. New routings and associated ATC procedures were simulated in the 6 States Real Time Simulations. Full report available. More...

Business Excellence at the EEC
The EEC uses the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) business excellence model and techniques to drive improvement. The 2003 report sets out how the EEC responds to the criteria in the EFQM business excellence model. Please contact the EEC if you have feedback, if you require further information, or if you would like to bench mark with us.

Opinion(s):

Alternative Enablers For Airborne Separation Assurance Systems
This is an appeal to the ADS-B community to change its way of thinking, to realise that Mode-S Extended Squitter and VDL 2 are realities, and to build an optimised system around these available components. It is strongly recommended to mandate Mode-S Extended Squitter, and to promote the idea to augment it with a VDL 2 based Traffic Information System in Contract (TIS-C) mode. More...

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