Runway excursions represent the most frequent accident category for worldwide accidents for the 2004-2009 period (cf. the 2004-2009 Runway Excursions Analysis in the IATA Safety Report 2015 (Issued April2015, 51st Edition)).
However, this problem has not been addressed at all in SESAR 1.
The proposed solution will be developed to provide:
Enhanced runway condition awareness for the Airport Operator, using data from the following external sources:
- Runway built-in sensors
- weather-based runway condition model
- aircraft on-board sensors providing runway friction data
Safety support tool for controller, which would use the data output by the enhanced runway condition awareness system (and other potential criteria such as surveillance information) to inform the controllers on the runway condition and to provide possible alerts on risk of runway excursions, depending on the outcome of V1 activities.
Safety support tool for pilots, which would be based on emerging airborne capabilities in order to provide a Runway Overrun Awareness and Avoidance System (ROAAS).
It is important to note that the project will focus on the processing of the various input data and on the presentation of the output data to the final users (pilots, ATC and Airport Operator), and not on the sensors themselves.
The partners involved in this solution represent the main airport stakeholders in order to work together on this major safety issue: airborne industry (Airbus for mainline aircraft, Dassault Aviation for business aircraft), air navigation service providers (DSNA and ANS CR (B4) for major airports, PANSA (B4) and LPS SR (B4) for regional airports) and airport operator ADP (SEAC2020).
Microstep-MIS intends to contribute by providing its knowledge and expertise in aviation meteorology through the work on technical and partially operational aspects of WP and development of prototype.