Projects

Optimisation Outbound Cluster – ACARS

The glass is half full; Increasing Schiphol DCL Utilisation to improve the outbound process  Can we realise short-term improvements to the outbound process by reducing the workload for controller and pilots? This depends on increased use of ACARS for pre-departure clearance (DCL). This is the result of the KDC project, ‘Optimising Outbound Cluster (2017)’. The […]

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Business Case electronic device pushback driver

Schiphol might seem rather chaotic, but it’s not!  To an outsider, Schiphol is so busy that it may seem rather chaotic. The airport is constantly swarming with aircrafts, vehicles, buses and pushback trucks. There’s little room for manoeuvre, with aircrafts constantly taxiing and being towed and pushed back. How can Schiphol carry on growing amidst […]

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Functional analysis of Schiphol TWR-C

Can efficiency be improved even further? The control tower at Schiphol-Centre (TWR) is a hive of activity: runway controllers, ground controllers, assistants, AAS gate planners, AAS bus coordinators and many others constantly strive to ensure that traffic flows smoothly at the airport. But how does this work in practice? How do these individuals cooperate with […]

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Traffic Merging Support for Schiphol Approach

Follow the ghost  Merging helps guide traffic to the correct routes. This applies to Dutch motorways but it also applies to our airspace. To develop smooth merging of air traffic the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) conducted the Traffic Merging Support for Schiphol Approach project from August 2016 to January 2017 in close conjunction with LVNL. […]

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Night Optimal Way to Land

I see, I see… Air traffic controllers predict the future using the Trajectory Manager The aircraft makes a smooth descent towards the runway. At the correct altitude, making the least possible noise for local residents. It’s not that difficult. Any modern aircraft can do it. At least, they can as long as there are no other […]

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RECAT-EU Benefits Schiphol

Greater runway capacity thanks to shorter distances Tailgating. An irritating and dangerous habit on the roads. This doesn’t happen in the air. Aircraft need a safe distance from one another. If the second aircraft is too close behind the first, it can be affected by wake turbulence. That’s why a minimum distance is prescribed between […]

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Schiphol Noise Predictor

If only you’d known… A handy app for avoiding a lot of bother  You are sitting outside your holiday home at the `ringvaart´. It’s a beautiful summer’s day. Just as you open your book a plane flies over. “Oh no, don’t tell me they are taking off from the Aalsmeer runway,” you say to your […]

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Arrival Management + Initial 4D

Successful simulation of AMAN-i4D on iCAS platform Together with INDRA, DFS, NLR (with the support of KDC) and MUAC, LVNL has conducted a successful simulation of the AMAN-i4D concept. AMAN stands for (long-distance) Arrival Manager, whereby systems calculate the expected arrival time of approaching aircraft and the best landing sequence. The sooner adjustments are implemented […]

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Common Ground Safety Model

The challenge The Schiphol manoeuvring area hosts complex ground operations involving several parties that depend on each other to ensure that the many manoeuvres are conducted properly and safely. Some vehicle or aircraft manoeuvres in the area controlled by Air Traffic Control or Apron Control are unauthorised. These so-called uncontrolled manoeuvres can disrupt operations. They […]

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