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The Engage KTN supports European air traffic management education and training in the air transport community to develop new talent with knowledge of future ATM scientific research needs, to sustain a supply of skilled researchers and to stimulate the next generation of ATM operational and engineering staff. To support this objective, three introductory courses have been prepared, which will be made available to any research institution wishing to use them, free of charge. These include:

(1) Introduction to air traffic management;
(2) Airline planning and operations;
(3) Airport planning and operations.

Courses (2) and (3) provide essential contextual knowledge on air transport and thus a better understanding of course (1). Each course comprises:

(a) a package of PowerPoint slides for approximately 10 lectures;
(b) a set of supplementary briefing notes for each course that list additional sources of information.

Content of the three courses:

(1) Introduction to ATM

1. Air Traffic Control as part of Air Transport System
a) Air Traffic System
b) Air Navigation Services
c) SESAR programme
2. Airspace Management (ASM)
a) Airspace division in the horizontal and vertical plane
b) Airspace classes, aircraft vertical position, aircraft separation, flight conditions and rules
c) Airspace sectorisation problem
3. Air Traffic Service (ATS)
a) Types of Air Traffic Control System (procedural and radar systems)
b) Air Traffic Controller (ATCo) decision making processes
c) Data necessary for ATCo work – flight plan, meteo data, messages
d) ATCo activities
e) Air Traffic Control – ATC, Flight Information Service – FIS, Alerting Service – AS
f) Air Traffic Control Units – airport, approach, en-route
g) ANS charges
4. Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM)
a) Introduction to flight planning and messaging
b) ATC Capacity and Traffic Demand
c) Strategic, pre-tactical and tactical planning
d) Network Management
e) Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) phases
f) Measures for capacity and demand regulations
5. ATM Performance Measurement
6. Essential Data Sources in Aviation and ATM
7. Future concepts in ATM


(2) Airline planning and operations

1. Travel demand, product and market structure
2. Airline cost structures
3. Airline networks
a) Network development/design
b) Network structure and route evaluation
4. Fleet planning
5. Schedule planning
a) Schedule design
b) Fleet assignment
c) Aircraft routing
d) Crew scheduling
6. Airline operational control
a) Flight planning
b) Decision Support Systems
7. Airline Pricing
8. Air cargo


(3) Airport planning and operations

1. Airports as nodes of air transport system
a) High level overview – number, types, size, demand concentration, etc.
b) Basic terminology
c) Regulatory framework and airport information
d) Traffic characteristics
2. Airport site selection
a) Meteorological conditions
b) Terrain and obstacle analysis
c) Environmental conditions
d) Other conditions
3. Airport design
a) Factors affecting runway length and calculation of runway length
b) Manoeuvring area and associated safety areas – design parameters
c) Manoeuvring area – basic markings and lighting
4. Runway capacity
a) Factors affecting runway capacity
b) Models for calculating runway capacity
c) Runway capacity enhancement, capacity and demand management
5. General airport layout
a) Runway system, taxiway system and terminal complex planning
b) Selected examples
6. Apron design and operations
a) Apron area design
b) Apron markings and signs, and basic traffic regulations
c) Ground handling
d) Apron capacity and gate requirements
7. Passenger terminal design and operations
a) Overall terminal design – concepts and level of service
b) Detailed terminal design - passenger and baggage processing
8. Introduction to airport economics
9. Selected topics
a) Airport certification
b) Rescue and fire fighting
c) Runway surface conditions
d) Wildlife management



This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 783287.