Efficiency

Improving TOBT predictability using actual ready time

Many major European airports have been improving their operational efficiency by implementing Airport CDM information sharing. Some, however, have opted out of a few of the recommended milestones in order to shortcut the implementation process. Not implementing actual event milestones means the airport misses out...

Working on complex ATM performance

The aim of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme is to modernise European ATM. With a very highly complex airspace, Switzerland’s ANSP skyguide is an active SESAR partner, collaborating on multiple projects. To70’s Swiss office has been providing validation and verification support for...

Zurich Airport
Capacity predictions for runway maintenance planning

When is the best time to plan runway maintenance if you operate a very busy airport? It’s a complicated question, since the answer depends on wind and weather conditions, available capacity, hours of daylight, and the complexity of the maintenance project itself, just to name...

Roadmap to terminal experience excellence

Airports spend millions on implementing new screening technology to make the passenger terminal processing flow faster and as painless as possible. Unfortunately, poor customer service can still completely defeat the purpose of innovations meant to improve the passenger experience. Passengers always remember bad customer service,...

Fooling ourselves with digital transformation?

The term digital transformation gets tossed around a lot in the aviation industry these days. Digital is apparently the new normal. And the term is often applied to ‘plug-and-play’ tools from IT providers as a sales ploy, regardless of whether it is true. The idea...

Global aviation growth calls for a more collaborative culture

As countries and economies continue to develop, demand for air travel shows no signs of stopping. The relentless demand and the strain it puts on airport and airspace capacity is pushing the global aviation industry out of its conservative – and relatively uncollaborative –  comfort...

Delay management: calculating late passengers into the system

A major source of unpredictability in air traffic management is passengers, specifically in the boarding process. Some experts estimate that 75% to 80% of delayed flights are due to passengers boarding late or not at all. The difficulty here is that those passengers are also...

APOC: Is virtual as good as physical?

To70 recently attended an Airport Operations Centre (APOC) workshop organized by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe and the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU). The workshop delivered interesting insights into the coordinating role of APOC and the challenges involved. The discussions also made it clear Europe’s airports...

The Trouble With Extended Arrival Management: Pop-Up Flights

The current horizon of air traffic arrival management (AMAN) systems is relatively low for allowing aircraft to absorb delays in an efficient way. The extended arrival management (E-AMAN) concept aims to improve that by extending the horizon. However, this increases the number of flights that...

Implementing A-CDM: More than just technology

Airport CDM (A-CDM) can improve the overall efficiency of airport operations, but if the scope of the implementation is too narrow and focused only on technology, its benefits can fall flat. To get the much-needed support from everyone involved in the process, it is crucial...