FAIR STREAM enhanced arrival trials begin

The FAIR STREAM (FABEC ANSPs and AIRlines in SESAR TRials for Enhanced Arrival Management) consortium involving major European airlines, air navigation service providers and suppliers has now started the work on flight trials to improve predictability and flight efficiency towards major European airports.
The project is one of the projects launched by SESAR in 2012. The project consortium is led by DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aerienne) and combines the expertise from both the air navigation service providers DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, DSNA and skyguide as well as the airlines Air France, Swiss, Lufthansa, Regional and Delta.
In addition, Airbus Pro Sky and EUROCONTROL are contributing with their special knowledge on aircraft behaviour and network management. The flight trials will be performed with commercial flights and existing technical systems involving the airports of Munich, Paris and Zurich. They will be conducted in May/June and September/October 2013.
Maurice Georges, CEO DSNA, said: “It is essential now to have a strong synergy between the SESAR programme and the initiatives of FABEC. The FAIRSTREAM project illustrates perfectly this cooperation. I hope that this new operational concept will make possible real progress in terms of safety, capacity and environment due to a smoother flight profile from departure to arrival.”
The objective of the FAIR STREAM project is to pave the way for the use of target time of arrival (TTA) instead of calculated take off time (CTOT). This demand capacity balancing (DCB) measure should allow better management of the capacity all along the flight and at the destination airport.
The FAIR STREAM project will evaluate the benefits of the TTA concept on predictability and flight efficiency, validate the capability of on-board and ground systems and evaluate how flight crews, air traffic controllers, and local and regional flow managers can handle the procedure as well as the impact on traffic complexity and staff workload.