The project AUDIO will coordinate the Airspace User (AU) involvement in the demonstration of innovative airport operations functionalities designed to improve airport operations. It is designed to secure the involvement of additional end-users to perform operational demonstrations to confirm the benefits and increase awareness of promising solutions targeting specific operational scenarios and environments. AUDIO is addressing the topic Integrated Airport Operations (SESAR-VLD1-02-2016) which is related to the Very Large Demonstration PJ28 IA (Integrated Airport Operations as part of SESAR2020). In particular AUDIO demonstrates the use of functionalities designed to improve airport operations from an airspace user perspective. For the On-board taxi functions, on-board surface guidance will be demonstrated on board of aircraft during day to day operations of airlines. Demonstrations will be conducted in a real live environment. A dedicated dissemination WP is designed to cover the important need of the distribution of results. Coordinated with the dissemination activities of PJ28 a harmonized approach will be taken to make sure the results of the demonstration activities are well communicated within the SESAR as well as the whole ATM community.
This three-and-a-half year project is to release, validate and verify a unique computer environment (i.e. the EPICEA platform) assimilating a complete understanding of electromagnetic (EM) issues on Composite Electric Aircraft (CEA – i.e. aircraft with composite and electric technologies combined and operating at higher altitude/latitude). EM on CEA includes EM coupling, interconnects, and Cosmic Radiations (CR) on electrical systems together with new concepts of antennas designed to maintain performance in composite environment without modifying aircraft aerodynamics. In EPICEA, CR, as parts of the EM spectrum, are considered as EM environmental hazards such as lightning or HIRF (High Intensity Radiated Fields). The targeted computer platform will support a decision making process for selection of the best strategy for the integration of electrical systems. Starting at a TRL3, the consortium will demonstrate a TRL4 at the end of the project. The project will address numerous engineering issues, aiming at a significant reduction of energy consumption through more electrical aircraft and systems integration. If successful, it will create a more robust EM protection for electrical systems (i.e. lightweight, cost effective and safety compliant), a lighter and safer electrical system architecture for EM protected, less redundant, safety compliant, easy to maintain systems, a less drag on new systems of antennas while maintaining EM performance, and also will point to best possible health monitoring solutions. Used from the early design phase of electrical systems up to the architecture definition for installation and integration of electrical systems into CEA, the EPICEA outcome will limit the recourse to over conservative protection and unnecessary redundancy in integration architecture. This will overcome the weight penalty currently jeopardising the development of energy-efficient CEAs and will strengthen the aircraft safety.