Reduced passenger delays, improved airspace efficiency, and a reduction in fuel consumption, noise pollution and carbon emissions are among the main benefits being realised by the Transport Systems Catapult’s Departure Planning Information (DPI) Programme.
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Carried out in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the programme is rolling out real-time flight departure technology at airports across the UK. Fully integrated with the European flight information network EuroControl, DPI allows air traffic controllers to provide real-time information about the departure of aircraft, which in turn enables EuroControl and National Air Traffic Control Centres to make much better assessments regarding the arrival times of those aircraft.
Previously only in place at Heathrow and Gatwick, DPI capability has now been succesfully installed at London City, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports, with Luton airport due to follow shortly.
The technology is due to go live in early 2015, but offline tests have already shown a significant improvement in the difference between predicted and actual take-off times, with DPI reducing this difference, on average, from six minutes to two minutes.
The next stage of DPI rollout will involve regional airports that do not yet have A-CDM or EFPS air traffic control systems. An open tender process is now underway to select a company to carry out the installation work. By extending DPI capability from major international hubs to regional level airports, the Transport Systems Catapult is helping to put the UK at the forefront of European air space efficiency.
Project status: Underway
Project partners: Civil Aviation Authority; National Air Traffic Services