goods and people is a basic need of the European Society in the age
of sustainable growth and globalisation of the World economy. The
Vision 2020 describes Air Transport and Aeronautics as 'Key
Assets for the Future of Europe' and quantifies ambitious goals
to meet society's needs and to win global leadership. It calls for
an air transport system able to cope with a threefold air traffic
demand with fivefold safety, halved cost, a 99% punctuality and limited
environmental impact in 17 years from now.
The European way to
reach these goals is outlined by the EUROCONTROL EATMP Programme
(i.e. Airport Operations) and ATM2000+ Strategy as well as the ACARE
SRA work. They identify airports as the future bottlenecks of air
transport and see mid-term solutions in: '...enhanced operational
concepts, supported by new decision-making or decision-support tools
to ensure more efficient use of the airport infrastructure...'.
They say 'A-SMGCS are seen as key R&D topics' (ACARE). Holistic
approaches like A-SMGCS are seen as the most promising way to achieve
the necessary paradigm shift.
The A-SMGCS project 'EMMA'
aims to become the most significant R&D contribution to these
goals in the 2004 to 2008 timeframe by maturing and validating the
A-SMGCS concept as an integrated air-ground system, seamlessly embedded
in the overall ATM system. In a two-phase approach, EMMA will first
consolidate the surveillance and conflict alert functions, and in
the successor project of the second call focus on advanced onboard
guidance support to pilots and planning support to controllers.
The European position
in the global ATM market will be strengthened through EMMA by setting
de facto standards for A-SMGCS systems and their operational usage
and streamlining of existing products. The EMMA consortium is setting
this frame of consolidated accepted standards for operational and
technical concept, procedures, safety and interoperability by joining
forces of highest A-SMGCS excellence from users, industry and R&D
organisations. Extensive operational live trials proving the usefulness
and completeness of the operational and technical requirements frame
will form the basis for efficient A-SMGCS production and implementation
throughout Europe in a time to market approach.