2014-01-24 17:14:36 - A new arrival management system will support air traffic controllers in organising incoming air traffic at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The system is being introduced as part of a cooperation agreement between the German air navigation service provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, and its Dutch counterpart, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL). The new arrival manager will be put into service at the beginning of 2015.
The Advanced Arrival Management System (A-AMAN) from DFS that has been adapted to the LVNL system environment passed its functional acceptance test in December 2013. DFS and LVNL have added new functions to the system. For example, not only does the system suggest the most efficient sequence for arriving aircraft and generate exact landing times, it also gives the controller the recommended optimal speed for a selected aircraft.
"Approach control at Schiphol is very complex as there are six runways. This is why we expanded the display of the planning information," explained Jan Westland, the project manager at LVNL. If, for example, two additional runways are put in use, the controllers see the calculated arrival sequence for these runways as
well as a time line for past planning on their screen. "At any given time, the air traffic controller has a clearly arranged display of the traffic situation and can quickly change flights from one runway to another. This results in an enormous reduction of workload," says Westland.
The planning information from the arrival manager can also support coordination with upstream control centres such as Maastricht so that the traffic flow can be optimised as early as possible.
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law and has about 6,000 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional business units are Aeronautical Solutions (Consulting) and Aeronautical Information Management.