Research topics

Research topics

Air Traffic Control
The aviation industry is growing because of an increasing demand for flight movements. The consequence is that the airspace is becoming more saturated. Which means that the margins for disturbances in the aviation industry are decreasing. How does Air Traffic Control cope with the increasing demand for flight movements regarding both safety and capacity? Air Traffic Control is continuously developing manners to provide a more reliable and sustainable handling capacity. When disturbances occur, Air Traffic Control would like to provide their clients a more unequivocal insight in the reduction of handling capacity. Several manners can contribute to such reliability. Our research group at Air Traffic Control The Netherlands is trying to contribute to the sustainability of capacity. By researching the consequences for handling capacity when system failure occurs, an indication will be developed for air traffic controllers towards the most effective and efficient capacity while preserving safety.

Airlines’ challenges
The aviation industry is an ever changing industry with challenging dynamics. Adverse weather conditions, a natural disaster somewhere in the world, political unrest in the Arab world, rising fuel prices, legislation such as the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which affects the European level playing field and not to mention the rising competition from affluent gulf carriers, all play an important role in the business of an airline. The aviation industry is an extremely competitive one. Creativity has become more important than ever in finding ways to be more efficient and effective in order to survive within this business field. Not only relatively small and new carriers die, but even legacy carriers known as a brand for decades are now really struggling to survive. It has become a survival of the fittest. ”The next step for Air France KLM on its road to recovery, a glance in the way risks are managed…”

Future airport
The aviation industry is facing major challenges concerning environmental restrictions, peak capacities, safety and congestion of air traffic in the air and on the ground. The conventional airport design and processes have become more complex over the past 80 years, although the overall concept of an airport and its lay out have hardly evolved at all. Since the options for further airport growth nowadays are limited by regulations and densely populated surrounding areas, new innovative approaches are of vital importance to the survival of the aviation industry. New ways to connect passenger and aircraft are needed to meet the economical, social and environmental demands of future aviation. Can developments and innovations from other industries be the cornerstones in the development process of new perspectives on air travel as we know it? “Don’t try harder, try different”

Sustainable Regional Airports
“To aim is not enough.” Sustainability. Nowadays a central theme in all our ways of working. It is a challenge to implement sustainable developments, everyone ‘is’ or ‘does’ sustainable, and everyone has a different point of view of what sustainability really means. We all know the comparable concepts of solar and wind energy, and that their ambitions are to become CO2 neutral and thereby reduce global warming. This copy paste method makes us wonder: are sustainable solutions implemented at regional airports really sustainable? Or is it just window dressing? And, as sustainability is usually thought of as expensive; how can these implementations become part of the business model, instead of being a cost post? Developments, technologies and the questions above will all be presented at the Aviation Management Conference.