WP-02 – Definition of advanced user-oriented efficiency metrics

This work package will analyse the state of the art of current flight efficiency metrics identifying gaps and needs for improvement.

New performance indicators will be defined with a view to adequately reflecting the operational objectives of the airspace users, both in today’s operational context considering the current flight plans, as well as in the long-term operational context based on user-preferred (business) trajectories.

Methods to calculate the new efficiency indicators will be analysed taking into consideration different data source combinations to ensure the appropriate representativeness of airspace users’ operational objectives without requiring or publishing sensitive information from them.

This work package will also research on metrics to measure how fairly the inefficiencies in the system are distributed among the different airspace users.  Such metrics would serve to quantify the differences in the inefficiencies experienced by the different airspace users in a given operational context. Such a metrics would be a key instrument to help identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of the system in a fair manner.

Methodologies will also be defined to connect in a coherent fashion local efficiency measurements and targets with overall system efficiency. AURORA will adopt a holistic approach to assess the efficiency of the ATM system, considering the full flight regardless of how many Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) it overflies. It will be necessary to define how to assess the proposed metrics in the context of the portion of the flight managed by a given ANSP, in order to support the process of benchmarking, together with the assessment and definition of targets at the individual ANSP level.