Teaching resources

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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 are being prepared, which will be made available to any research institution wishing to use them, free of charge. These include:

(1) an 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 will comprise:

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

Indicative course contents are shown below.

(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 service – 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) Measures for capacity and demand regulations
d) Strategic/Pre-tactical/Tactical planning
e) Network Management
f) Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) phases
5. ATM Performance Measurement
6. Essential Data Sources in Aviation and ATM
7. Future ATM Concepts


(2) Airline planning and operations

1. Travel demand, product and market structure
a. Demand for air travel
b. Airline output 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. Control centres
c. Disruption management
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
2. Airport site selection
a) Terrain and obstacle analysis
b) Meteorological conditions
c) Environmental conditions
d) Other conditions and process of site selection
3. Airport design
a) Factors affecting runway length
b) Calculating runway length – ICAO and flight manuals
c) Manoeuvring area and their safety areas – design parameters and basic signing and marking
4. Runway capacity
a) Factors affecting runway capacity
b) Model for calculating runway capacity
c) Future concepts (TBS, RECAT, etc.) and airport collaborative decision making
5. General airport layout
a) Runway system, taxiway system and terminal complex planning
b) Selected examples
6. Apron design and operations
a) Apron design, basic signing and marking
b) Ground handling
c) Basic traffic regulations (aircraft, vehicles, passengers)
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. Selected topics
a) Airport certification
b) Introduction to airport economics
c) 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.