Cleaner flights, smaller footprint

ATOMS showing the domestic airways in Australian national airspaceSmarter air traffic control could save 500 kg of fuel and reduce airport noise by 35% for a typical Boeing 747 flight between Sydney and Melbourne according to a team of Canberra-based researchers.

They’ve developed a unique air traffic simulator which produced these estimates. The UNSW sponsored research, which has been funded by the Australian Research Council and subsequently by AirServices Australia is now being trialled with the support of Eurocontrol (the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation).

They hope the system will transform the management of airspace – saving fuel, reducing carbon emissions and reducing ground noise.

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