Aviation partners in the Asia-Pacific have begun a week-long trial to demonstrate the air transport efficiency improvements that can result from 'Whole-of-Flight' Collaborative Decision Making (CDM).
CDM is a management tool which facilitates the exchange of data between the airport terminal and air traffic management systems.
It enables aviation stakeholders to monitor network demand, capacity and constraints, helping them take better informed decisions under rapidly changing operating conditions.
The trial implements CDM across all phases of flight between Singapore’s Changi Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Eight daily return test flights are being operated by Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines, with all relevant data shared among the airlines, airport operators and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) for Thailand (AEROTHAI, AOT, Thai Airways), Singapore (CAAS, CAG, Singapore Airlines) and Malaysia (DCA Malaysia).
The trial, which began on July 23 and concludes on July 29, is conducted under the auspices of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), and supported by IATA and ACI.
AEROTHAI and CAAS representatives co-chair the pan-industry project team.
According to CANSO's director for Asia-Pacific affairs, Hai Eng Chiang, the project team hopes that the data collected during the trial will demonstrate the benefits of CDM and will contribute to the development of a Best Practices manual.
He said: “This innovative project shows what industry can do by working together and CANSO is delighted to have been involved. It is now our job to promote the uptake of whole-of-flight CDM between other strategic city pairs.”
The results of the trial will be published in time for CANSO’s Best Practice Seminar and Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, at the end of October.