Digital pilot in the cockpit – the A-PiMod project receives the German Mobility Award

The idea behind the A-PiMod project is to install a digital pilot in the cockpit to provide its human colleagues with in-flight advice. The research was conducted by the Institute of Flight Guidance at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), in cooperation with seven partners from science and industry. A-PiMod was honoured with the German Mobility Award as a lighthouse project for smart mobility on 28 June 2017 in Berlin. Continue reading →

Expansion of European aviation research guidelines

The Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe ACARE disclosed its latest Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) at the Paris Airshow on 21 June 2017. Rolf Henke, ACARE Chairman and DLR Executive Board member responsible for aeronautics research, presented the new research agenda to Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission. The updated guidelines will be followed until 2050 to carry out research into the eco-efficient aviation of tomorrow. The agenda lays out ways to conduct research into future low-emission and quieter aircraft, in order to bring aviation into line with climate change challenges. In addition, current developments such as digitalisation and cybersecurity, towards which the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) will make significant contributions, are addressed in the extended agenda. Continue reading →

New cockpit concept targets human-machine cooperation

The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission released an article about the A-PiMod project. Within this project, coordinated by DLR, a new cockpit concept was developed, designed to help pilots select the perfect level of automation for specific flying conditions. The full article is available on the CORDIS website.

DLR expands cooperation with Japanese partners in aeronautics research

Electric aircraft and efficient air traffic management are current areas of global research into quiet and low-emission aviation. Moreover, the future may even see a renaissance of ultrasonic passenger aircraft, depending on to which extent sophisticated aircraft shaping can reduce the sonic boom without surrendering aerodynamic properties. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has now agreed on closer collaboration with Japanese partners in these areas. Two agreements will strengthen the cooperation between DLR and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Moreover, this collaboration is enhanced by a new cooperation agreement that has now been signed with the Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) in Japan. Continue reading

World ATM Congress 2017: UAS ATM Integration and Remote Tower Human Factors

DLR – German Aerospace Center and NLR – Netherlands Aerospace Centre, both members of AT-One, have the pleasure of inviting you to our stand at the World ATM Congress 2017 (Madrid, 7–9 March). We would like to take this opportunity to show you how AT-One can help you to innovate ATM, in the areas of air traffic performance, UAS integration, human factors, safety, training and environment.

Two special exhibits, one on UAS ATM integration and one on remote towers and the impact of human factors, will be shown this year in Madrid. Continue reading

Greater safety and efficiency at airports: DLR leads EU-funded research projects

The modernisation of air traffic management is one of the main challenges of current aeronautics research. For this reason, the European Union initiated the Single European Sky ATM Research Programme (SESAR) within the Horizon 2020 research framework programme. Two of the projects with a focus on the safe and efficient airport of the future are now being launched under the leadership of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). They will focus on the use of remote tower technology that enables the provision of single or multiple aerodrome ATS from a remote tower centre and extensive testing of new air traffic management developments on the ground. Continue reading

AT-One at the World ATM Congress 2017

The research alliance AT-One and its members DLR and NLR take part in the World ATM Congress 2017, held in Madrid from March 7 – 9, 2017. At its booth #951 AT-One will show how DLR and NLR can help change ATM.

Feria de Madrid (Photo: Luis García, CC BY-SA 3.0)

During the three day exhibition, held at the Feria de Madrid, AT-One looks forward to meet experts and stakeholders from different ATM-fields at its booth #951 right beside EUROCONTROL and DFS.

Colloquium on Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Practice

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) become increasingly popular and receive an increasing amount of attention in today’s digital society. This year, the public lecture series “Kolloquium Flugführung” in Braunschweig is dedicated to the challenges of their practical use, in particular of small unmanned systems (“drones”), which the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in its classification defines as “open” or “specific”. The focus of the presentations will be on the possible dangers of drones for other aviation participants, the signal monitoring of the respective remote controls as well as the monitoring of drones themselfs in an airspace. Continue reading

New taxiway to optimise traffic at Zurich airport


Zurich airport is divided into two sections by an active runway. This centrally located runway has to be crossed by most of the arriving and departing aircraft. With the ‘Rerouting runway 28’ project, aircraft will use a new taxiway east of the runway, thereby considerably reducing the number of crossings to further increase safety. But can this new taxiway be operated smoothly? And how can operational procedures be optimised to the fullest extent? To investigate these questions, Zurich airport commissioned the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) to carry out a feasibility study. As part of the study, air traffic controllers from Zurich virtually tested the new taxiway in November and December 2016 at DLR. Continue reading

New Remote Tower standard published by EUROCAE

Since 2014 the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance coordinates the EUROCAE standardization working group ‘Remote and Virtual Tower’ (WG-100) to develop minimum industry standards for remote tower systems. In September 2016 the standard ‘Minimum Aviation System Performance Specification [MASPS] for Remote Tower Optical Systems’ (ED-240) was published. It pertains to remote tower systems, which in their basic implementation level focus on optical sensors. The standard describes the end performance of the optical sensor presentation that displays video images from cameras to the operator. That includes sensors for the visible as well as for the infrared spectrum. This standard will help vendors and customers to quantify an optimal operational system performance and to verify it in a standardised way. Continue reading

ASDA Research Tournaments 2016 in Delft

ASDA, the association of scientific development of ATM in Europe, invites the ATM community to their 2016 series of research tournaments, held from 10th to 11th November at the Technical University of Delft.

Every year ASDA is organizing a seminar to discuss the research challenges in the Air Traffic Management field. Since three years ASDA does the event in a special kind of format to stimulate the scientific debate: The Research Tournaments. Small teams of scientists from different disciplines are challenged by a moderator, coming from the operational ATM side.

Both, NLR and DLR are full members of ASDA.

For more information on the event, visit the ASDA website.

NLR uses NARSIM successfully in simulations of Remote Tower Operations for Sesar Consortium Partners in the Netherlands

NLR and their SESAR consortium partner Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) have successfully completed a series of simulation exercises using the NLR ATC Research Simulator (NARSIM) in a special configuration for the LVNL Remote Tower Centre located at Schiphol. Activities were carried out for the simulation of Remote Tower Operations at Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Aachen Airport. The simulations are part of the Remote Tower Large Scale Demonstration project, which is co-funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, and consists of several activities aimed at demonstrating the provision of air traffic control (ATC) tower services from a distant, remote location.

Read the full article here.

NLR (hall 3, booth B50) at Farnborough International Airshow

FIA (11-15 July) is one the leading airshows in Europe. NLR will be present to show how we cover the full cycle of analysis, design, development, prototyping, testing, verification, qualification, certification and operation. At our booth, you will discover some of our newest developments in 3D multi-metal printing, composite manufacturing and wind tunnel testing. NLR is also engaged in satellite navigation and the European research program for a small satellite launcher (SMILE).

Questions? Please contact Tim Leeuwerink.

ILA Berlin Air Show 2016

ILA_logoThe Berlin airshow ILA (01 June 2016 – 04 June 2016) is one of the focal points of aerospace worldwide. It is held at the ExpoCenter Airport in Schoenefeld. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is contributing to ILA with exhibits reflecting its current research projects in aeronautics, energy, transportation and security. The Institute of Flight Guidance takes part and shows several research projects at the DLR stand (Hall 4, Stand 301).

Read the full article here.