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Preliminary safety assessment for a sectorless ATM concept

Birkmeier, Bettina and Martín, David and Straube, Karsten and Biella, Marcus (2013) Preliminary safety assessment for a sectorless ATM concept. In: Proceedings of the 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference. 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 6-10 Oct 2013, Syracuse, NY, USA.

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In a sectorless air traffic management concept the airspace is no longer divided into sectors but regarded as one piece. A number of aircraft, not necessarily in the same airspace region, are assigned to each air traffic controller who is then responsible for these aircraft from their entry into the airspace to their exit. These individually assigned flights can be anywhere in the airspace and therefore in different traffic situations. This means that air traffic controllers will manage flights which may not be geographically connected. Such a concept change will necessitate also a significant change in the controllers’ routines and the support tools. Naturally, the question of safety arises regarding new procedures and systems. This paper provides a preliminary safety assessment for a sectorless air traffic management concept. The assessment is based on the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Safety Reference Material which was originally developed for SESAR purposes. This success-based approach stresses the positive contribution of a new concept while traditional approaches mainly consider the negative effect of possible hazards and failures. Based on validation activities including real-time simulations we have developed safety acceptance criteria and safety objectives for a sectorless air traffic management (ATM) concept. Starting from these we have sketched the safety performance requirement model and deduce the first safety requirements for normal conditions, abnormal conditions and in the case of internal system failures.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/84839/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Preliminary safety assessment for a sectorless ATM concept
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Birkmeier, Bettinabettina.birkmeier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Straube, Karstenkarsten.straube (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Biella, Marcusmarcus.biella (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:ATM concept; sectorless ATM concept; safety assessment;
Event Title:32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Event Location:Syracuse, NY, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:6-10 Oct 2013
Organizer:Digital Avionics Technical Committee
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Birkmeier, Bettina
Deposited On:11 Dec 2013 11:22
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:19

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