October 25, 2018

Innov’ATM attended the symposium organised by EUROCONTROL on the 17th and 18th of October on the RECAT-EU and Time Based Separation schemes.

RECAT-EU is the re-categorisation of aircraft in order to provide more precise wake turbulence separation rules on departing and arriving traffic, enabling optimisation of runways. The scheme has been developed by The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) and its stakeholders in order to safely increase the capacity of airports.

It is a scheme that has been tested and proven to increase throughput. During the symposium, different airports and ANSPs were able to share their experiences on the integration of RECAT-EU rules in context, and give insight into how they managed to implement it and the benefits they reaped.

TBS (Time Based Separation), a concept also developed by EUROCONTROL and its stakeholders is especially useful where strong headwinds is a common issue. The aim is to allow as many aircraft to land in strong headwind conditions as in low headwind by applying the same time based separation rather than radar distance separation, and taking onto account the reduced wake turbulence strength and impact in strong headwind conditions.

RECAT-EU and TBS are two concepts that we integrate into our AMAN (Arrival Manager) and DMAN (Departure Manager) in order to optimise our sequencer and maximise runway throughput. Contact us for more information on our most efficient solution, SkyKeeper Coupled AMAN-DMAN.

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