BULATSA hosted an Open Day to demonstrate to a wide audience the capabilities of the system to prevent conflicts in the airport zones and increase the efficiency of related operations – PJ.02 AART (Airport Airside and Runway Throughput).
The project was launched in 2019 as part of SESAR 2020, Wave 2 programme. In October 2022, the final validation session for the project was held at the Leonardo headquarters in Rome, in which participated air traffic controllers from BULATSA.
Within the project, experts from Leonardo and BULATSA worked to upgrade the solutions in the field of automation, Airport Collaborative Decision-Making (A-CDM) and data transfer (datalink). The aim was to provide solutions to improve the departure and arrival operations at airports with limited capacity, as well as the access to alternate airports in low visibility conditions.
On the open day BULATSA and Leonardo presented the achievements of the project and discussed the results of the conducted validations. Representatives of DG CAA, the air navigation service providers of Italy and the aeronautical industry, including SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, SWAN Crew and Indra, got acquainted with the proposals to optimize the tactical conflict management in the movement phase on the apron and taxiways and the improved routes for taxiing the aircraft along the runway. In addition, solutions to prevent runway excursions by synchronizing the exchange of air-to-ground information on the runway surface conditions were discussed.
PJ.02 AART project solutions contribute to increased efficiency and situational awareness for both air traffic controllers and airport vehicle drivers, with a positive effect on safety and time management.
SESAR 2020 is a European Union programme that focuses on the development and validation of technological solutions in the field of air traffic management. It is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.