France’s air navigation service provider DSNA is bridging the gap between Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) with a dynamic demand and capacity balancing tool.
When traffic is both high and complex, classic ATFCM/ATC procedures do not help manage traffic hotspots which require a real-time, precision approach. To address this, DSNA has developed Dynamic-ATFCM in its day to day operations, a new concept to manage traffic complexity and to streamline controller’s workload with the help of an Extended ATC Planner (EAP).
This concept has been developed thanks to controllers at Reims area control centre and DSNA’s innovation directorate (DTI) expertise which together conducted a live trial using an EAP controller working position at Reims from 16-21 June to evaluate the role and new ATFCM tools.
The tools form part of the European SESAR research initiative which is developing Demand and Capacity Balancing (dDCB) concepts and ANSPs such as DSNA are helping to refine the role and responsibilities of controller teams.
This concept is paving the way to the SESAR vision of flow centric operations with various approaches underway such as the Multi Sector Planning and the Extended Air Traffic Control Planner (EAP).
This new function help
- to support the Local Traffic Manager by identifying ATFCM hotspots and propose options to clear them
- to identify Short Term ATFCM Measures (STAM) candidates
- to coordinate and monitor STAM implementation by ATC sectors
Next steps for DSNA are to improve the complexity assessment and resolution thanks to the support of ENAC, the French civil aviation academy, and to continue refining the EAP concept in a Free Route context before deploying the tools at Reims UAC in early 2016.