It is estimated that by 2035, more than 20 airports will be operating at 80% or more of capacity on a daily basis, resulting in delays of up to 5-6 minutes (2013 Challenges of Growth Report, Eurocontrol).
Addressing capacity is challenging given the socio and environmental constraints preventing airports from building new runways or the technical, infrastructure and meteorological limitations hindering secondary airports from absorbing additional traffic.
The EARTH project unites key European aviation partners combining the right expertise and investment to address issues and drive deployment of operational and technical improvements to enhance infrastructure, increase traffic throughput while preserving safety and environment.
EARTH focuses on separation and procedures to improve runway and airport throughput considering wake-vortex, weather, environment and noise, while taking account of different traffic demand, future aircraft capability and airport configurations.
EARTH supports the SESAR Deployment regulation and addresses European concerns on environmental sustainability, reduction of noise and fuel consumption and brings low cost improved access to regional airports making regions economically attractive with potential for new jobs.
PANSA’s effort will focus on developing and validating a system that enables tower and approach controllers to optimise runway operations arrival and/or departure spacing and make the best use of minimum separations, runway occupancy, runway capacity and airport capacity.
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 731781.