Efficient Flight Path

Efficient Flight Path refers to the target performance benefit of fully realized Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO). The capabilities inherent in this performance improvement area include continuous descent operations, fully synchronized trajectory-based operations, continuous climb operations, and remotely piloted aircraft.

Capability

Solution

Description

U.S. Vendors

Continuous Descent Operations

Improved Flexibility and Efficiency in Descent Profiles (CDO)

Use performance-based airspace and arrival procedures allowing aircraft to fly their optimum profile using continuous descent operations (CDOs). This solution will optimize throughput, allow fuel efficient descent profiles, and increase capacity in terminal areas. [Block 0]

ACSS
GE Aviation

Harris

Honeywell

Tetra Tech AMT

 

Improved Flexibility and Efficiency in Descent Profiles (CDOs) using Vertical Navigation (VNAV)

Enhance vertical flight path precision during descent, arrival, and enables aircraft to fly an arrival procedure not reliant on ground based equipment for vertical guidance. The main benefit is higher utilization of airports, improved fuel efficiency, increased safety through improved flight predictability and reduced radio transmissions, and better utilization of airspace. [Block 1]

ACSS
GE Aviation

Harris

Honeywell

Tetra Tech AMT

 

Improved Flexibility and Efficiency in Descent Profiles (CDOs) using VNAV, required speed, and time at arrival

Use arrival procedures that allow the aircraft to apply little or no throttle in areas where traffic levels would otherwise prohibit this operation. Consider airspace complexity, air traffic workload, and procedure design to enable optimized arrivals in dense airspace. [Block 2]

ACSS
BridgeNet International

GE Aviation

Harris

Honeywell

Tetra Tech AMT

 

Full 4D Trajectory-Based Operations

Develop advanced concepts and technologies, supporting four dimensional trajectories (latitude, longitude, altitude, time) and velocity to enhance global ATM decision making. Integrate all flight information to obtain the most accurate trajectory model for ground automation. [Block 3]

BridgeNet International
GE Aviation

Honeywell

Fully Synchronized Trajectory-Based Operations

Improved Safety and Efficiency through the initial application of Data Link En-Route

Implement an initial set of data link applications for surveillance and communications in ATC, supporting flexible routing, reduced separation and improved safety. [Block 0]

Harris
Honeywell

Tetra Tech AMT

 

Improved Traffic synchronization and Initial Trajectory-Based Operation

Improve the synchronization of traffic flows at en-route merging points and to optimize the approach sequence through the use of Initial 4D operations (4DTRAD) capability and airport applications, e.g. Data link TAXI (D-TAXI). [Block 1]

BridgeNet International
GE Aviation

Harris

Honeywell

Metron Aviation

Tetra Tech AMT

Continuous Climb Operations

Improved Flexibility and Efficiency Departure Profiles - Continuous Climb Operations (CCO)

Implement continuous climb operations in conjunction with performance-based navigation (PBN) to provide opportunities to optimize throughput, improve flexibility, enable fuel-efficient climb profiles and increase capacity at congested terminal areas. [Block 0]

GE Aviation
Harris

Honeywell

Tetra Tech AMT

Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Initial Integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) into Non-Segregated Airspace

Implement basic procedures for operating remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in non-segregated airspace including detect and avoid. [Block 1]

Honeywell
Metron Aviation

 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Integration in Traffic

Continue to improve the remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) access to non-segregated airspace; continue to improve the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) approval/certification processes; continue to define and refine the RPAS operational procedures; continue to refine communication performance requirements; standardize the command and control (C2) link failure procedures and agree on a unique squawk code for C2 link failure; and work on detect and avoid technologies, to include automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) and algorithm development to integrate RPA into the airspace. [Block 2]

BridgeNet International
Harris

Honeywell

JMA Solutions, LLC

Metron Aviation

 

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Transparent Management

Continue to improve the certification process for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in all classes of airspace, work on developing a reliable C2 link, develop and certify airborne detect and avoid (ABDAA) algorithms for collision avoidance, and integrate RPA into aerodrome procedures. [Block 3]

Harris
Honeywell

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