The importance of innovation for air traffic controllers

two pilot inside aircraft

More than 37,000 flights take off and land safely every day at Europe’s airports. This level of movement requires attentive and careful eyes capable of quickly processing information and making the right decisions. The person capable of doing this is the air traffic controller and today, 20 October, International Air Traffic Controller Day celebrates the relevance of this profession.

The importance of air traffic controllers is obvious, but innovation in the field of ATM can be of great use to them in making decisions, especially in traffic situations where weather phenomena, such as storms, complicate stability and resilience.

To this end, SESAR’s exploratory research project START was born. This project, in which UC3M’s Aircraft Operations Lab is participating, is currently developing, implementing and validating optimisation algorithms for robust air operations in order to achieve a more stable and resilient ATM, even in disturbed scenarios.

Watch the video to learn more about the objectives and achievements of the START project:

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