Major Research Areas of ENRI
In the period of ENRI’s third mid-term plan, (FY2011-FY2015), ENRI is focusing on researches contributing to air traffic expansion and air traffic safety which are social needs, while making efforts so that the results of these researches will be utilized by the aviation administration.
Accordingly, ENRI set the following researches as three intensive R&D themes: (1) Research and development of advanced flight operation for the purpose of a capacity expansion of air traffic, improvement in operational efficiency, and reduction in fuel consumption. (2) Research and development of advanced operation near airport in the aim of an expansion of the processing capacities of congested airports, such as Tokyo International Airport. (3) Research and development of technology connecting air and ground and for safety enhancement.
Research and development of advanced flight operation
Aiming for the expansion of air traffic capacity, improvement of operation efficiency, and contribution to environmental preservation through reduction of fuel consumption, ENRI is advancing its research including a study on ATM utilizing precise prediction of aircraft position and time, a study to establish methods to evaluate effects of new air traffic control procedures,and a study to achieve optimized routes of aircraft arriving at airports from oceanic airspace.
Research and development of advanced operation near airport
Aiming for the expansion of air traffic capacity of congested airports, resolution of traffic jams on airport surfaces, and improvement of punctuality and convenience, ENRI is developing advanced surveillance technologies for airport surfaces and approach airspace, while researching ways to achieve curved precision approach and landing using satellites and easing aviation traffic congestion by managing airport operation schedules.
Research and development of safety and technology connecting air and ground
Aiming for the achievement of safe and efficient navigation, resolution of aeronautical communication bottlenecks, introduction of aviation data links, reduction of human errors, and improved system reliability, ENRI is researching how to make clear requirements for using portable electronic devices in aircraft cabin and is developing a system to apply the mobile WiMAX Technology to the airport field.
Fundamental Research, Commissioned Research
Considering the international technical trend of electronic navigation, ENRI conducts basic researches on technologies that are expected to develop in the future, applications of advanced, innovative technologies that can become promising infrastructural technologies supporting air traffic systems in the future, and exploratory researches based on new ideas.
- Commissioned Researches
At the request of the national government, local governments, or private enterprises, ENRI is conducting tests, investigations, and research and development related to electronic navigation. Furthermore, ENRI is working on the transfer of technologies including the results of researches conducted.
- Researches Supported by Competitive Funds
ENRI aims for the active procurement of competitive funds to conduct tests, investigations, and research and development concerning electronic navigation in pursuit of the vitalization of research activities and improvements in the capabilities of researchers.