Cus­tomis­ing in­di­vid­u­al flight routes for more cli­mate-friend­ly out­comes

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Customised flight routes can help to limit the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities. If this goal is to be achieved, air traffic management must be automated to a far greater extent than it is today. The ‘Individual and automated air traffic’ (Der individuelle und automatisierte Luftverkehr; DIAL) project recently launched by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will combine research work over the next four years with the aim of advancing flight guidance automation. This will enable flight planners to offer customised, climate-optimised routes for every aircraft in the sky, avoiding areas in the atmosphere where long-lasting condensation trails might form, for example. Read more…

Commission proposes regulation for SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking

Preparations for the establishment of the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking reached a new milestone on 23 February with the adoption by the European Commission of a regulatory proposal for setting up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The Single Basic Act, establishing the future SESAR 3 JU as well as the other partnerships, is expected to be adopted later in the year by the Council of the European Union, following consultation with the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee. The partnerships are seen as catalysts for speeding up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive.

Read the full article here on SESARs website or the Commission press release.

NASA and DLR study the trans­for­ma­tion of the air trans­port sys­tem

The integration of new types of aircraft into the air transport system requires it to change. Over the coming years, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be working together on research into how the air transport system can be transformed to meet these new challenges. To this end, in 2020 the two institutions signed an agreement on close research collaboration. Read more…