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Safety net for a sectorless ATM concept

Birkmeier, Bettina and Biella, Marcus (2012) Safety net for a sectorless ATM concept. In: Proceedings of the 31st Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 4C4-1-4C4-9. Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 14.-18. Okt. 2012, Williamsburg, VA, USA. ISBN 978-1-4673-1698-9.

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Abstract

Today air traffic management divides the airspace into sectors. Controllers are responsible for one of these sectors and all the air traffic within. In a sectorless air traffic management concept the airspace is no longer divided into sectors but regarded as one piece. Controllers are assigned individual aircraft which they are responsible for from their entry into the airspace to their exit. This implies that the controllers have to manage flights which are not in the same geographic region but can be anywhere in the airspace and hence also in different traffic situations. Such a change of concept influences the way controllers work and calls for different support tools. Naturally, the question of safety arises with regard to standard operations as well as special situations. This discussion paper investigates the different safety aspects relevant in a sectorless concept. It highlights the differences between a conventional sectored and the proposed sectorless approach. We argue that most elements of the current safety net in air traffic management can also be applied to a sectorless air traffic management concept. Additional safety net elements are proposed together with examples of their application.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Safety net for a sectorless ATM concept
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Birkmeier, Bettinabettina.birkmeier@dlr.de
Biella, Marcusmarcus.biella@dlr.de
Date:October 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 31st Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Page Range:4C4-1-4C4-9
ISBN:978-1-4673-1698-9
Status:Published
Keywords:ATM concept; sectorless ATM concept; safety net
Event Title:Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Event Location:Williamsburg, VA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:14.-18. Okt. 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Effiziente Flugführung und Flugbetrieb (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Bettina Birkmeier
Deposited On:20 Apr 2012 16:37
Last Modified:10 Dec 2012 13:55

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