The NextGen and SESAR programs plan fundamental changes in air traffic operations in the US and Europe to reach ambitious performance objectives. A specific challenge in the development and validation process of advanced air traffic operations is to satisfy multiple and by nature almost contradictory objectives in key performance areas. The aim of this paper is to illustrate and analyze how this worked in a specific example development of an air traffic operation at Amsterdam airport by the Air Navigation Service Provider LVNL, where standard ICAO operations often do not suffice to satisfy ambitious performance objectives in multiple dimensions. In order to learn from this example, first a factual description is given of the cycles of operational concept development and validation performed, with a focus on validation with respect to safety. Subsequently, the factual example development and validation process is compared versus literature and versus FAA/ Eurocontrol overall validation guidance.
Theme: ATM Performance Measurement and Management
Keywords: efficiency, environment, key performance areas, operational concept development, safety, validation
Jelmer J. Scholte
/ Other authors:
Henk A.P. Blom,
J.C. (Hans) van den Bos,
Roy B.H.J. Jansen