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Five transition strategies for sectorless ATM

Birkmeier, Bettina and Korn, Bernd (2014) Five transition strategies for sectorless ATM. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference (33rd DASC). 33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 5.-9.10.2014, Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

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Abstract

In contrast to the traditional approach to air traffic management (ATM), which divides the airspace into sectors, sectorless air traffic management regards the airspace as a single unit. Instead of sectors, air traffic controllers are assigned several aircraft, which might not be in the same geographic region. Controllers are responsible for the assigned aircraft during their entire flight through the airspace from entry to exit. In previous papers we have detailed the sectorless ATM concept and shown that it is operationally feasible. One remaining question, however, is how to introduce the concept into operation. It is highly unlikely that sectorless ATM will be introduced for the entire airspace over a country, let alone a continent, in one step; a gradual introduction of the new concept limits the safety risks connected with new systems. Therefore, the concept will have to coexist with other ATM concepts. This discussion paper presents five different strategies for the introduction of sectorless ATM, namely element-wise, aircraft-wise, time-restricted, area-restricted, and top-down transition strategies. For each of these strategies we discuss advantages and disadvantages. In addition, we investigate the possibility of combining several strategies. In conclusion, we suggest a top-down transition strategy combined with an element-wise transition. This combined strategy limits the number of simultaneous changes but still takes full advantage of long-term planning. Furthermore, the number of controllers who have to be trained for the sectorless concept can be estimated quite accurately from the flight plans.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/90561/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Five transition strategies for sectorless ATM
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Birkmeier, Bettinabettina.birkmeier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Korn, BerndBernd.Korn (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference (33rd DASC)
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Air traffic management; ATM; sectorless air traffic management; sectorless ATM; ATM concept; sectorless ATM concept; transition strategy;
Event Title:33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Event Location:Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:5.-9.10.2014
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 - Efficient Flight Guidance
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Birkmeier, Bettina
Deposited On:29 Oct 2014 15:06
Last Modified:17 Jun 2015 12:48

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