A network approach to airport operations: DMEAN

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The impact that airports have on the network operations has been duly recognized. To avoid that airports are constraining efficient network operations improvements are required on how airport operations interact with the network so as to release significant latent capacity. Therefore, it is a priority of the DMEAN Framework Programme to establish a more effective and improved interface between airports and the European ATM system. We are pleased to share with you some of videos and animations. They are, however, subject to specific terms and conditions of use. All images and visuals may be used: only in unaltered form, for personal, non-commercial purposes and with proper acknowledgements (© Courtesy of EUROCONTROL). Any other use is subject to our prior written authorisation and must include the aforementioned proper acknowledgements. For such requests, please contact our Press office at [email protected]


air traffic demand is increasingly of the year and the growth of the industry is set to continue air navigation service providers airports airspace users and Eurocontrol have done their utmost to maximize the use of existing capacity but more is needed and it is not only capacity that is demanded by airports it is increased flexibility that takes account of the very dynamic style of operations at airports the cesare project will introduce new solutions in the meantime we must use what we have and improve what we can introducing the airport aspects of D mean a program to realize the dynamic management of the European airspace Network demons airport aspects rest on two essential pillars airside capacity enhancement ace and airport collaborative decision making a CDM ace focuses on using existing infrastructure in ways that enhance capacity and reduce delays a CDM promotes the sharing of information and improved decisions based on this shared information resulting in significantly increased flexibility and an enhancement of operational efficiency improving information exchange between all partners and in particular further integration of airports in to the ATM process unlocks capacity in the network and reduces delays increased flexibility also enables full account to be taken of the peaks and troughs that are a natural element of operations at airports today the sharing of more accurate information and the common situational awareness this enables has obvious benefits all partners the central flow management unit and the air traffic control units all important nodes on the air traffic management network obtain a more accurate view of what is happening at the airports enabling them to better plan for the upcoming traffic flows airports in turn become fully aware of what is happening in the network and are hence much better placed to assess the impact of various developments this enables them to plan for arrivals with precision and arrange for efficient ground movement of departures and arrivals alike Airport airside operations become much more predictable flexible and efficient it is a fact that the airport schedules are only a plan and that operations on any one day may vary significantly from this plan the DIA mean concept will allow these variations as well as unforeseen disruptions to be taken into account the cornerstone to integration of airports in to the ATM network is Airport collaborative decision making a CDM the concept is simple airports continuously provide information on what is really happening into the network at the same time dynamic information from the network is provided to airports that allows enhanced planning the aim is to move from predominantly strategic planning to a more dynamic and effective planning process in the pre tactical and tactical phase of operations reflecting all the measures agreements and planned activities to provide the necessary capacity the network operations plan is a shared tool used by all partners working on ensuring the timely availability of required capacity and flexibility a good example of the benefits of this enhanced information exchange improved predictability and flexibility is the slopped swapping procedure it enables the result a more optimal use of airport and enroute capacity airports integrated into the ATM network via airport CDM can also work more effectively with the CFM you to prepare for events impacting capacity this helps in maintaining capacity during adverse conditions and faster recovery after a period of an avoidable reduced capacity Airport CDM is a key and cost-efficient improvement several major airports are already reaping the benefits and many others are considering its introduction building common situational awareness making maximum use of shared information connecting every partner in the network this is the power of airport CDM the benefits of airport CDM are not limited to the local airport environment the whole ATM network including other airports will also benefit with the addition of each new airport where a CDM is introduced the benefits are there but we need a concerted effort to achieve them moving from strategic to tactical planning is essential and the implementation of airport CDM is a must it cannot be emphasized enough that unless an airport is implemented CDM it will not be able to take full advantage of the significant benefits offered by the DME style of relations connecting all partners sharing information enhancing airport capacity implementing airport CDM and full operational cooperation between airports and the ATM network a network approach to airport operations essential to meet the immediate challenges that face European ATM you

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