Airbus has been selected to provide Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Performance Based Navigation (PBN) expertise for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Greener Skies Initiative. As part of Boeing’s FAA System Engineering 2020 (SE-2020) team, Airbus will identify procedures which fully utilize aircraft precision navigation capabilities to reduce fuel burn, lower emissions and decrease noise.
The Greener Skies initiative seeks to improve ATM efficiency and to minimize the environmental impact on the ground and in the air through the expanded use of PBN including Required Navigation Performance (RNP), area navigation (RNAV), and Optimized Profile Descents (OPD).
The industry consortium includes Adacel, Airbus, Boeing, Cessna and Honeywell, and is tasked with establishing methods for the full implementation of PBN by utilizing advanced flight deck and Air Traffic Control (ATC) capabilities while analyzing new policies and procedures. Airbus subsidiary Quovadis will provide PBN consultancy and implementation expertise for the initiative. Seattle will be used as a key site to enable these initial advanced operational capabilities to be introduced into the US National Airspace System (NAS).
“Airbus is fully committed to the FAA’s success with NextGen to support a cleaner, safer and optimized air transportation system,” said Eric Stefanello, CEO of Airbus ProSky. “The Greener Skies program is a prime example of the FAA’s dedication to identifying early economic and environmental benefits by leveraging the investment in advanced flight deck capabilities.”
Earlier this year, Airbus launched the Airbus ProSky subsidiary, dedicated to supporting the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) and other global ATM modernization programs.
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, eco-efficient and comprehensive family of airliners available, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. With over 6,800 aircraft in service worldwide and a backlog of more than 4,200 orders, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities around the world. Airbus Americas supports and sells to customers in North and Latin America and conducts engineering work for the global Airbus product line. In 2010 alone, Airbus spent over $10 billion with hundreds of US suppliers, translating into Airbus support of more than 180,000 American jobs.