With the increasing worldwide focus on the environment, the “Flight Efficiency” concept has been developed by Eurocontrol to facilitate the achievement of several orientations developed in the SESAR program. This initiative aims to enable ATM operators to move towards best routes in order to fly faster or more cost-effectively.
By definition, the perfect flight according to the “flight efficiency” objective means achieving the lowest possible level of fuel consumption and C02 emissions from take-off to engine shutdown.
To meet this challenge, airspace users need to change their way of operating, by focusing on optimizing each individual flight in a global network context, so that it has an impact on all European traffic. The “flight efficiency” concept thus proposes a long-term solution for global European Air traffic, in line with new environmental considerations.
CCS, with its new generation interoperable E-FDP system is committed to this modernization program in favor of the environment. To meet European requirements, CCS is facilitating the implementation of three of the four actions lines identified by DGAC (French ministry of ecological and solidarity transition to which its partner DSNA is attached) with regard to “flight efficiency”:
- Promoting more efficient flight profiles
- Reduce fuel consumption (and travel time)
- Achieving better traffic predictability
More efficient flights thanks to better traffic predictability
Coflight Cloud Services is bringing tangible progress for Air Traffic Management modernization. The system allows a better predictability offering the possibility of anticipating trajectories and adjusting flight route in real time. Through this innovative service, CCS shares Coflight technological advances in the service of the environment on the following key points: optimization of flight trajectories, anticipation of arrival sequences and better ground management. This last criteria about airport taxi times represents a real source of savings and is dependent on optimized air traffic anticipation.
With the aim of meeting Single European Sky objectives while providing improved environmental performance, CCS also facilitates the implementation of these guidelines through its data sharing solution.
“Flight efficiency” needs a datasharing solution to be fully exploitable
The “Flight Efficiency” concept needs ATM tools harmonization so that the information remains consistent when sharing data. This solution results in a more dynamic use of the network, and better flight planning resulting in savings in fuel, miles and time per aircraft.
Indeed each ATM user needs to adapt their activity according to upgrading of flight plan data to react at the right time. This can only work if datasharing is standardized. Based on the Virtual Centre concept, CCS provides a solution thanks to its interoperable system with different HMI, that answers this market expectation in terms of ATM modernization.
CCS implements several initiatives to improve cooperation and sharing of operational European solutions. The exchange of information with airspace users will result in important advances for launched operational project and initiatives. The benefits of the CCS system are helping to modernize ATM offering users considerable flight optimization benefits in terms of cost, time and environmental impact.