Airbus ProSky

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Airbus subsidiary Airbus ProSky is a group dedicated to improving the performance of global air traffic management (ATM). Composed of experts and offering ATM solutions. Airbus ProSky works with air navigation service providers (ANSP), aircraft operators and airport authorities to build a collaborative system with greater capacity, better performance and environmental sustainability.

Airbus ProSky Group members include Metron Aviation, Quovadis and ATRiCS. The Airbus ProSky Group delivers ATM research and development, air traffic flow management (ATFM), surface management, performance-based navigation.

Airbus ProSky Group members have provided solutions to maximize performance, decrease emissions and increase efficiency. Airservices Australia has commissioned Metron Aviation's award-winning ATFM system, Metron Harmony, with Airservices Australia, demonstrating the benefits of technology to address the capacity constraints of global air traffic growth. ATFM optimizes the use of existing airport and airspace resources through a CDM solution that helps airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) share operational data to maximize the efficiency of the entire system.

In Australia, after two months of operations, Airservices Australia estimates the system has cut airborne holding by approximately 33 percent and produced fuel savings of US$6.5 million in Sydney alone, while average flight times have been reduced by five minutes per flight on the Melbourne-Sydney city pair, equating to over 40,000 metric tons of reduced CO2 per year.

In South Africa, Metron Aviation’s ATFM system has reduced air travel delays and helped air traffic and navigation services (ATNS), the country’s ANSP, manage record traffic and passenger volumes during the 2010 World Cup™. The ATNS business case for ATFM was clear with ATFM providing US$1.2 million in fuel savings per year for every one minute reduction of runway holding. The system was so effective that it was awarded the Enabling Technology Award by Jane's Airport Review.

In the United States, Metron Aviation supplied the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with an ATFM system that has eliminated over 70 million minutes of delays and saved 191 million litres of fuel, 590 thousand metric tons of CO2 emissions and nearly US$7 billion in operating costs.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency with 191 member states around the world, is developing an ATFM manual for publication in 2013. The manual, being developed in cooperation with the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), will help countries adopt ATFM to improve efficiency and safety.