Special Issue "Aircraft Operations and CNS/ATM"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 7222
Interests: aircraft operations; aircraft trajectory management; air traffic management; air transportation; environmental impact of air transportation; intelligent transportation systems; optimization; simulation; unmanned aerial systems
Cruise flight typically represents the longest flight phase, where most of the on-board fuel is burnt, most of the pollutant gases are emitted in the atmosphere, and where contrail-induced cloudiness might occur. Although aircraft aerodynamics and engines are carefully optimized for typical cruise altitudes, the lack of airspace capacity prevent airlines to plan and/or execute optimal trajectories due to multiple kinds of air traffic management (ATM) regulations and procedures. Moreover, different uncertainty sources, such as weather and airspace congestion itself, along with the communication, navigation, and surveillance capabilities of certain airspaces, might also have an important effect on how these trajectories are planned and executed.
There is still room for improvement in cruise operations in order to enhance flight efficiency while avoiding compromises to safety and airspace capacity. New on-board, ground-based or distributed technological enablers; 4-dimensional accurate and robust trajectory management; more accurate atmospheric and climate impact models; and new ATM paradigms and concepts of operation will certainly contribute to a cleaner, more profitable and sustainable aviation.
This Special Issue addresses a broad list of topics related to how cruise flight can be improved from a flight trajectory and air traffic management point of view. Papers related, but not limited to, the following topics are welcome:
- (Robust) cruise trajectory planning, optimization, prediction, synchronization, negotiation, guidance, and execution;
- Technological CNS enablers for improved cruise operations;
- En-route airspace management and air traffic control;
- En-route traffic flow management, trajectory options, and re-routing strategies;
- En-route separation and strategies to increase en-route capacity;
- Modelling and computation of gaseous emissions and climate impact due to cruise operations;
- Weather forecasting and weather-related products for cruise operations; and
- Modelling and computation of flight efficiency and airspace capacity performance indicators for cruise/en-route operations.
Dr. Xavier Prats
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- trajectory planning
- trajectory optimization
- flight dispatching
- trajectory execution and guidance
- trajectory-based operations
- trajectory synchronization
- robust planning and control
- weather and aviation
- aircraft emissions
- climate impact
- airspace capacity
- airspace management
- air traffic flow management
- air traffic control
- communications, navigation, surveillance
- performance indicators, performance assessments
- airport and TMA (terminal manoeuvering areas) operations