TU BRAUNSCHWEIG

Air traffic Management

Within the “citizen-friendly airplane” project, we are striving toward operational air traffic management that considers both pilots and air traffic controllers through integration and automation of on-board and ground-based air traffic control and flight guidance functions.

The goal is to develop new technologies and procedures that will allow for quieter, fuel-saving take-off and landing procedures using satellite navigation in the terminal area of the airport. At the same time, new display and operating concepts for the cockpit are being examined and tested in the simulator and in flight experiments in order to make flying even safer..

While the corresponding functions for curved approaches have already been defined for existing GBAS CAT I ground-based systems, there is still a great need for research into the on-board integration of this information, as well as the operational implementation and use of such non-linear approach procedures. The situation is similar in the area of taxi guidance and take-off procedures. Additionally, only rudimentary research has been performed so far into the architecture and algorithms required to use satellite navigation in safety-critical applications, particularly for categories CAT II and III.

At the same time, the further automation of the air traffic management system brings with it a radical change in the distribution of roles between human and machine as well as between on-board and ground-based functions.

For this reason, the fundamental elements of on-board and ground-based technology need to be created for the eventual implementation of highly-precise GNSS-supported take-off and approach and landing procedures by coupling Ground Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS) with complementary sensors. In addition, operational concepts for the use of GBAS during approach and landing, taxi and take-off in conjunction with curved flight paths are being examined. At the same time, new display and operating concepts for the cockpit are being investigated and tested in the simulator and in flight experiments in order to make flying even safer.

At present, the preliminary work necessary to use two GNSS constellations (GPS and Galileo) is being performed. The GBAS CAT I station installed at the Braunschweig research airport as well as the aviationGate test field for Galileo applications currently under construction will be used for this project.


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