Augmented Approaches to Land (AAL)
A Project Powered by SESAR Joint Undertaking
The Augmented Approaches to Land project (AAL) aims to demonstrate new approach and landing solutions that will increase the capacity of the European airport network, and reduce environmental impact.
The 15-company-strong consortium was formed to implement the project, which is co-financed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking. It includes Airbus, ANS CR, Dassault Aviation, DFS, DSNA, DLR, EBAA, Elbit Systems, Fraport, Honeywell, Lufthansa, NetJets, Skyguide, Swiss, and Zurich Airport. Over 200 demonstration flights will be performed to validate new approach and landing technologies on a significant number of aircraft types and in an extensive range of airport environments.
AAL aims to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of several advanced augmented approach procedures at all types of airports, based on five technologies: Curved Required Navigation Performance (RNP) legs; Ground-Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS); Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS); Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS); and Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). The project will pave the way for the uptake of these technologies, needed to overcome limitations of the current Instrument Landing System (ILS) – equipment which is costly to install and maintain, and does not offer the flexibility to optimise the flight path for fuel efficiency and noise abatement.
AAL won the 2017 Single European Sky Award for Innovation and Technology. The awards were delivered by the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and the Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei, at the World Air Traffic Management Conference and Exhibition, in Madrid.
According to Mr Hololei: “Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) will play an important role in future commercial air transport operations, and this project is blazing a trail in the innovative application of this technology to complement highly precise operations in marginal landing conditions. Moreover, it also brings together a full range of ATM stakeholders and demonstrates real environmental and noise benefits of SESAR solutions.” To read the Press Release, click here.