Airport Capacity

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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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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Workloadmodel Schiphol Ground Control

While you sit back and relax… …the ground controller’s workload increases.  Everyone wants to go off on holiday in the summer. A fun city trip to Barcelona or a beach holiday on Curaçao. The airports experience their busiest periods during the peak holiday season. And this affects ground controllers at Schiphol too. While your average […]

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Time Based Separation

Strong winds, yet no delays: a study into the options provided by TBS.  Strong winds can cause severe delays at Schiphol. Or even cause flights to be cancelled. A potential solution has now been found for this: Time Based Separation (TBS). It is already a huge success at London Heathrow. So Schiphol, what are we […]

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Increased Schiphol Sustainability (ISS)

The KDC study Increased Schiphol Sustainability focused on the identification of near term solutions to maintain airport capacity under adverse weather conditions. The study was performed as a sequel to two earlier studies which also touched on the same subject but with a different focus: the studies Increased Groundhandling Capacity and Increased Landing Capacity (KDC, […]

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Increased Landing Capacity Schiphol

It has been widely recognised that the European Air Traffic Management system is operating close to its limits. At Schiphol this recognition is even stronger. During good visibility the available runways are used to capacity. During poor and marginal visibility, the runway capacity is significantly below normal, which leads to cancellations and delays. Schiphol is […]

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Increased Groundhandling Capacity Schiphol

Aircraft manoeuvres on airports range from arrivals, departures to towings and pushbacks. All these movements take place in a limited space and can lead to bottlenecks. In order to ensure that the ground infrastructure at Schiphol will continue to operate efficiently, even when traffic numbers increase, potential bottlenecks should be resolved as early as possible. […]

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