Gate-to-Gate Flight Management: SWIMming from Gate-to-Gate?
Gate-to-Gate Flight Management is integrated in the AM Conference topic aviation future perspectives and is been part of EUROCONTROL’s project SESAR. In order to implement Single European Sky (SES), a project called System Wide Information Management (SWIM) was introduced to replace the current information exchange platform in Europe. This means, SWIM will contribute to Gate-to-Gate Flight Management and allows airports, airlines and ATC providers to cooperate more by sharing information and ensuring quality information is delivered to the right people at the right time. But, implementing SWIM already takes many years now due to the bottlenecks it causes during the implementing phase. One of the biggest bottlenecks of implementation an Information Exchange System is the inaction of stakeholders involved with the project. A new way of working with a system is rather frightening than exiting and refreshing, according to some stakeholders. In order to get SWIM implemented, providers are required to provide information.

Gate-to-Gate flight management can only be enabled if more providers want to be transparent in sharing information. So, the question remains, are we going to SWIM from Gate-to-Gate? Or will SWIM be a nice platform where only a few providers and consumers know about?

Student speaker: Remco Heijnsdijk & Josselien van Houte

Aviation: Capacity is the issue
One of the biggest challenges of today’s aviation industry is to deal with capacity constraints. While the number of flight- and passenger movements is still growing, airlines, airports, air traffic control providers and governments have to deal with a capacity that is growing less fast. The presentations gives an insight of the different stakeholders all with their own specific interests which make the whole situation only more complex.

Guest speaker: Geert Boosten

UAVs: hype or a game changer?
In the past ten years, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) increased tremendously. Technology allowed to build advanced, but also relatively cheap UAVs. This opened up the market for civil usage and made UAVs a hype. An UAV on itself has no commercial value, rather the payload carried by the vehicle makes it useful. The research group investigated eight types of payload that broadly cover all the possible applications. By examining the impact of the several UAV applications on civilian’s daily life the group can sufficiently answers whether UAVs will become a game changer or not.

Student speaker: Sebastian Tijl
Guest speaker: Cornelius H. Wicks

Future Airports: Measuring the future by airport concepts
In aviation, the future is difficult to predict. Especially the future of airport concepts in the years between 2050 and 2060. The future can go in many directions. Institutes as well as professionals have come up with many airport concepts. Airports in the sea, airports which are build up vertically and even airports which consider a moving airside platform. Our research will consist of an explanation which concepts will be most relevant to consider as future airports.

The research will provide four groups, which are the most important kind of airport concepts to consider. These four groups cover most of the significant concepts, which are currently available. To achieve the general concept of these groups, developments will need to be made between now and then. The research will show which bottlenecks can be expected for each group when that is considered to be the future. With this knowledge, the likelihood of future airport concepts being realistic can be reviewed.

Student speaker: Karst Smit

UK future aviation capacity constraint
The UK is facing a hub airport capacity crisis that, if not addressed, will hinder future economic growth and prosperity in every region of the country. The ability to maintain the UK’s status as a major global trading economy depends on access to a comprehensive network of flights to destinations across the globe. This requires the UK to have a modern hub airport with space capacity, as well as enabling airlines to start new routes. Heathrow and Gatwick will face runway capacity problems earlier then other UK airports, to anticipate on this the Government set up an Airports Commission to recommend a solution. But what is exactly going on and what makes this a difficult and complicated problem? Our presented research elaborates on our analysis of the situation. What are the major bottlenecks? Who are affected by any decision and what could be consequences of certain decisions? There are also lessons the Amsterdam Airport Region could learn from and what should they be aware of?

Student speaker: Marc van den Brandt
Guest speaker: Kimberly Flinterman