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Research on Enhancing Air/Ground Functionalities of Descent Operations

The ever-growing demand for air transportation urges the increase of throughput at major airports. One potential solution is to increase the accuracy of ground-based trajectory prediction in conventional ATC (Air Traffic Control) procedures. ENRI focuses on a descent procedure that could contribute not only to improve aircraft performance through increased fuel efficiency and reduction of environmental impact, but also to streamlined traffic flow through enhanced accuracy of groundbased trajectory prediction.
 This research project proposes the Fixed-FPA (Fixed Flight-Path Angle) descent procedure as an augmentation to current CDO (Continuous Descent Operations). The initial stage is dedicated for procedure design and identification of the core elements essential to establish air-to-ground connectivity for supporting such a procedure. Algorithms designed for Fixed-FPA descent route calculations will be applied in a EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) platform as a pliot support application. Furthermore,these applications will be tested and evaluated in real-time flight experiments to corroborate the validity of the proposed procedure.

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Navinda Kithmal WICKRAMASINGHEHiroko HIRABAYASHI
Daichi TORATANI
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