Airbus ProSky subsidiary Quovadis has been selected by the EU's SESAR Joint Undertaking to design and validate improved performance-based navigation (PBN) approaches at two airports in the Canary Islands.
Quovadis will lead a consortium, which includes AENA, Air Berlin, easyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines, to carry out a series of PBN flight trials at Lanzarote and La Palma airports.
As part of the EU's Atlantic Interoperability Initiative (AIRE), the CO2 and Noise Approach Reduction for International Aviation Sustainability (CANARIAS) project is aimed at demonstrating the real value of PBN and other next-generation flight procedures that enhance air traffic management (ATM) in European airspace.
By implementing sustainable ATM solutions, the CANARIAS project aims to design and validate around 100 flight trials for precision required navigation performance (RNP-AR) approaches at two airports.
Scheduled to begin during the first half of 2013, the trials are aimed at reducing track miles, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, enhancing airport access, optimising airspace and reducing noise.
Quovadis COO, Don-Jacques Ould-Ferhat, said that the performance-based approach is a key element to support the decongestion of busy terminal areas and increase the ATM fuel efficiency in Europe.
"This will help to convince all players of significant and immediate benefits at hand to improve operations efficiency and trigger a rapid deployment across Europe," Ferhat said.
The project will implement RNP capabilities for large aircraft to assist local air traffic control (ATC) personnel with the blend of RNP and non-RNP-capable aircraft, both during the trials and prior to complete deployment.
Image: The CANARIAS project is aimed at reducing fuel consumption, noise and CO2 emissions, while enhancing airport access. Photo: courtesy of Houston Airport System.