Mehmedi, Ilir (2019) NETWORK INCREASED AIRSPACE CAPACITY – WATEN. JAS - SUT Journal of Applied Sciences-SUT, 5 (9-10). pp. 80-85. ISSN 2671-3047

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This work describes, explains and proves the necessity for stabile global air track network World Air Track Elastic Network – WATEN to accommodate future air traffic and enable full automation in process of control and separation of civil aircraft during en-route phase of flight under instrument flight rules - IFR. According to long term forecasts, global air traffic will rise in an average of 5% per year threatening to overload the airspace and limit future development of civil air transport. New solutions for improving the safety of the flight by automation and increasing airspace capacity through more efficient airspace use will enable a continuous increase in the number of flights. More than 70% of incidents and accidents in civil aviation are caused by human factor, therefore, a strong need exists for a higher level of automation in civil air transport especially in process of control and separation of civil aircraft that are flying under instrument flight rules. Automated systems will separate traffic by using appropriate equipment, software, and procedures. The first phase will exclude air traffic controllers’ and their active control of traffic and in the next phase pilots will be excluded too. One of the basic conditions for full automation in process of control and separation of air traffic is setting of permanent global network of air tracks named: World Air Track Elastic Network – WATEN as a physical base for aircraft systematic movement and matrix for separation procedures. It will be established as permanent but with physical and commercial elasticity and based on direct tracks that are part of earth’s great circles connecting the most important destinations in the World as a Strait Line Network. Other destinations will be included in the Secondary Network. Aircraft using this network, Global Navigation Systems and WATEN MODE equipment on board of aircraft will have the possibility to separate themselves from the other aircraft in the same or opposite direction of flight as well as to cross the track of other aircraft in a horizontal or vertical plane without external help. Lack of airspace capacity will additionally stimulate a need for a completely new approach to aircraft separation. Group flight, which is now reserved for other types of flight, will become a legal part of a regular procedure for commercial aircraft. Automatically separated traffic will enable a higher level of safety, reduction of number of occurrences, greater capacity of the airspace and more stabile flow of civil air traffic.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 12:50
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 12:50

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