Apron Controller Working Position (Part 1 of 2 )


Jan. '14CompletedDec. '17

Implementing Partners

Frankfurt Airport
Leader: Frankfurt Airport


The implementation of an Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) providing routing, guidance and surveillance for the control of aircraft and vehicles in order to maintain the declared surface movement rate under all weather conditions while maintaining the required level of safety. The routing and planning function shall calculate the most operationally relevant route as free as possible of conflicts which permits the aircraft to go from stand to runway, from runway to stand or any other surface movement. The apron controller working position shall allow the controller to manage surface route trajectories. The flight data processing system shall be able to receive planned and cleared routes assigned to aircraft and vehicles and manage the status of the route for all concerned aircraft and vehicles. The system shall also be complemented by a function providing controllers with appropriate alerts when potential conflicts primarily on taxiways and intrusions to restricted areas are detected. Conflicts on runways are of secondary interest in this implementation project as the runway system is controlled by the local Air Navigation Service Provider. 6. The controller working position shall host warnings and alerts with an appropriate human-machine interface (HMI) including support for cancelling the alert.7. Digital systems, such as electronic flight strips (EFSs), shall integrate the instructions given by the controller with other data such as flight plan, surveillance, routing, published rules and procedures.

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Additional Information

  • Project Type: Airport
  • CEF Call Year: 2014
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: No
  • Main AF: AF2 - Airport Integration and Throughput
  • Sub AF: S-AF 2.4 Automated Assistance to Controller for Surface Movement Planning and Routing
  • Progress Percentage: 100%