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Segmented Standard Taxi Routes – A New Way to Integrate Remotely Piloted Aircraft into Airport Surface Traffic

Finke, Michael and Lorenz, Sandro (2020) Segmented Standard Taxi Routes – A New Way to Integrate Remotely Piloted Aircraft into Airport Surface Traffic. Aerospace. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/aerospace7060083. ISSN 2226-4310.

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Abstract

The safe and orderly integration of unmanned aircraft in the airspace is surely among the most difficult challenges to be solved in the near future. However, a safe and fluid traffic management on the ground is not less important and not less challenging, as completely different aspects have to be considered here. Much less work has been done yet to solve this question. In the frame of the project Surface Management Operations (SuMO), a procedural solution has been developed to enable fully integrated unmanned airport ground movements while allowing air traffic controllers to guarantee a safe, orderly and expeditious flow of traffic. This concept is based on the idea of segmented standard taxi routes for unmanned aircraft, while maintaining current procedures for manned aircraft. From 2017 to 2019, a two-stage validation campaign validated this new solution. No concerns regarding safety or human factors issues were revealed. Access and Equity, as well as Interoperability, were found to be very satisfying. A fast time simulation of mixed manned and unmanned traffic, using the proposed solution, was almost as efficient as pure manned traffic and can easily be implemented at medium-size airports. This article provides information about the experimental setup and the conduction of both validations stages, and illustrates obtained results. It closes with a discussion and an outlook.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135412/
Document Type:Article
Title:Segmented Standard Taxi Routes – A New Way to Integrate Remotely Piloted Aircraft into Airport Surface Traffic
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Finke, MichaelMichael.Finke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lorenz, SandroSandro.Lorenz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 June 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/aerospace7060083
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
ISSN:2226-4310
Status:Published
Keywords:unmanned aircraft; RPAS; integration; airport; surface traffic; air traffic control; SESAR; segmented standard taxi routes; towing; fast-time simulation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Controller Assistance
Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Deposited By: Finke, Michael
Deposited On:14 Jul 2020 06:54
Last Modified:18 Nov 2020 04:23

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