Colloquium: Eneko Rodriguez (C&O)

29 augustus 2022 14:00 - Locatie: FelS-Instructiezaal 8, The Fellowship, KLUYVERWEG 5, DELFT | Zet in mijn agenda

Effect of Flexible Use of Airspace Availability and Plannability on Fuel Efficiency

The expected growth of civil air traffic and the inclusion of advanced systems in the Royal Netherlands Air Force result in more demanding airspace requirements across all users, making this a scarce resource. To optimise its usage, military airspaces in Amsterdam FIR are used as Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA), which no longer considers airspace as purely‘civil’ or ‘military’ but as a continuum to be allocated according to user requirements. FUA is at the core of the Dutch Airspace Redesign Programme, considering a reorganisation of FUA structures and their plannability policies. To inform these decisions, this study analyses the effect of FUA availability and plannability on fuel efficiency. The results suggest that making both Alpha and Delta sectors available would result in a yearly reduction in fuel consumption of 55,697 and 92,290 tonnes, respectively; 19,270 and 31,961 of which would be saved solely by adopting an improved plannability policy.

Supervisor: Joost Ellerbroek

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