Significant Achievement of Aeronautical Engineering Faculty
Jan 13, 2016


The project “Combining Probable Trajectories 'COPTRA” developed by Prof. Gökhan İnalhan, Assist. Prof. Emre Koyuncu and Assist. Prof. Kemal Üre from Aeronautical Engineering Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Faculty, received support in the scope of “Sesar-09-2015” call for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges. In the scope of the COPTRA Project the scientists are going to focus on the maximum reduction of uncertainties in plane trajectories and conduct experiments on real models. ITU will analyse and evaluate the influence of uncertainties on air traffic flow in flight trajectories with the previously developed air traffic models. We asked Assist. Prof. Emre Koyuncu a few questions on the subject:

Where does the Project originate from and what is the story behind it?

The Project was developed to continue our joint project with Boeing Research and Technology of Europe (Boeing RTE), which has been conducted since 2013. For two years ITU has been pursuing collaborative research with Boeing in order to reduce uncertainties in plane trajectories. ITU has been developing operational test scenarios for Boeing in the scope of next generation air navigation concepts and verifying the data with the algorithms designed by Boeing. These studies have been improved for the European Union SESAR Horizon Project 2020 calls, and later submitted in collaboration with new partners as part of the COPTRA Project.


Do any similar projects on this subject exist?

There have been similar academic studies conducted. However, it is the first broad operationally evaluated study of its kind. The study in the scope of the COPTRA project will be tested in real conditions and present measurable benefits.

What is the role of ITU in this project?

In the scope of the COPTRA Project ITU will focus on the maximum reduction of uncertainties in plane trajectories and conduct experiments on real models. ITU will also analyse and evaluate the influence of uncertainties on air traffic flow in flight trajectories with the previously developed air traffic models.

How will the project benefit the air navigation flow?

COPTRA will present an integrated approach to uncertainties in air traffic flow. With the maximum reduction of uncertainties in the air navigation flow, the major uncertainties in the air navigation planning will be automatically removed. Building of this relationship is the major aim of COPTRA Project. COPTRA will contribute to the reduction of air traffic uncertainties thus improving the air traffic capacity, increasing the efficiency of airports and air space and ensuring landing and departure of planes on time.


What role do the partners of the project play?

ITU in collaboration with Boeing Research and Technology of Europe (RTE) will make their expert contributions to the planning of air traffic and development of uncertainty models. Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) is responsible for solving the problems of advanced optimal control of dynamic systems in the project. The project manager CRIDA (Spain) is respondible for the research of air traffic control and its implementation. EUROCONTROL, European air traffic control authority, will submit its expert opinions and provide consistent input to ensure correct and applicable project deliverables.
  
What plans related to the project do you have?

Within the next few months the partners of COPTRA and the European Commission are going to prepare and sign an angreement, which will be marked with a special event.