We’ve performed almost fifty studies since 2006, the year that KDC was founded. About one third of all those studies made it to implementation. We say this with excitement, because believe us, this is a great success rate in Air Traffic Management (ATM) innovation. And even better … our current portfolio indicates that some of the most exciting results are to be expected in the next two years!

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) is conducting initial trials at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands of a prototype of Boeing’s Trajectory Manager. The ‘Night Optimal Way to Land’, or Night OWL trial, started on February 1 and will continue until the end of May with several pre-planned test-nights. The system enables Schiphol Approach and Amsterdam Radar to jointly manage inbound traffic to meet a specific time over a merging point. The tested concept is seen as a key enabler to fly continuous descent approaches from top of descent into Schiphol airport during the night. 

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) has built a signal into the air traffic control system for improved safety when an aircraft makes a go-around. This system, which is unique in the world, gives an audio prompt and shows a warning signal on the radar monitor, reducing the risk of an unsafe situation. LVNL continually improves the safety of take-offs, landings and handling of air traffic in Dutch air space.

The new KDC Research Agenda 2016 is placed on the website. Go to tab 'KDC Research Agenda' to download the document.

In addition to the Research Agenda the annual summary of KDC projects 2015 is added under the tab 'Results'.

Under the 'Projects' tab the following new article is filed:

Safe Airspace and Airport Navigation
* Applications of ADS-C: Everything under control



What is KDC?

The foundation Knowledge & Development Centre (KDC) sets itself the task to find valuable and innovative solutions for the sustainable development of the Mainport Schiphol. In the KDC the Dutch aviation partners KLM, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) work together with universities and other research institutes to innovate the Schiphol operation. The KDC work programme is guided by the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for Aviation, which has been developed in cooperation with the Dutch government.