How does the use of noise-optimized approach procedures affect the overall air traffic? How to respond most effectively to heavy snowfall at an airport? And how to deal with the collapse of the navigation infrastructure to minimize any retroactive effects? The project WW-ATM provides a validation platform to answer these and further questions.
In air traffic management, optimization is often restricted to local areas, e.g. to the vicinity of airports. Away from these areas procedures remain unchanged, and there is no analysis of the impacts with regard to ecological efficiency. Usually, this results in local efficiency gains without proving a global benefit. The project World Wide Air Traffic Management (WW-ATM) creates a platform for optimization and validation of world-wide concepts, considering feasibility, throughput, cost- and ecological efficiency, and robustness respectively fault liability. The project is led by DLR’s Institute of Flight Guidance.
Using evaluation and optimization tools, complete traffic scenarios can be analysed and improved both strategically and tactically. Simulation of all relevant components permits climatic effects, weather obstacles, conformity with airline operations, equipage concerning communication and navigation, and flight performance data to be taken into account, resulting in the highly efficient and conflict-free planning and execution of complex traffic scenarios.
The project will result in a validation platform for the resolution of a range of issues now and in the future. Standardized traffic scenarios help to classify the effects of integrating new design elements.