November 15, 2017

First joint research project between ENRI and DLR in Air Traffic Management

On 14 November, the Director General of ENRI Masahiro Kudo and the Director of the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance Dirk Kügler signed the first implementing agreement to start joint research activities in Air Traffic Management (ATM). The Japanese Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are amongst the worlds leading research centers in ATM and Airport Operation. Both institutions are now joining forces for more efficient and environmentally friendly ATM and Airport Operations in the future.

Japan and Europe are facing major changes in ATM. Based on CARATS (Collaborative Actions for Renovation of Air Traffic Systems) and SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) a transformation of ATM is underway to fulfil the needs of the 21st century. Despite the global nature of aviation, different regions of the world are about to research, develop and implement similar but not necessarily the same procedures and tools for ATM. ENRI and DLR are main drivers of institutional research in ATM in Japan and Europe with a proven track record. They will exchange knowledge on research topics and take the specifics of each region into consideration for the benefit of both parties.

This first implementing agreement will be the starting point of a series of well-defined individual, project-based collaborations and a solid basis for the exchange of knowledge between the two research organisations. Joint activities are foreseen in air traffic management on the ground and in the air, communications and navigation, as well as the influence of weather on air traffic.

The joint project will address topics in ATM on Extended Arrival Management and 4D-Trajectory Based Operations. Specific research questions are:

  • Airspace structures most suitable for an arrival management concerning Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) with Continuous Descent Approaches (CDA) and new RECAT spacing

  • Integration of Extended-AMAN tools under specific airport configurations

  • Resistance of such systems against uncertainties and disturbances

The implementing agreements will be conducted under the Cooperation Framework Agreement between DLR and ENRI signed on 24 March 2017.


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