Welcome to the iFly Web-site
iFly is a specific targeted research project within the 6th Framework Programme
FP6-2005-Aero-4 (Priority 188.8.131.52.g Aeronautics and Space), funded by the European Commission
under contract number TREN/07/FP6AE/S07.71574/037180.
During recent years the ATM community research trend is to direct large airborne self separation
research projects to situations of less dense airspace. Typical examples of this trend are the EC research
projects MFF (Mediterranean Free Flight) and
ASSTAR (Advanced Safe Separation Technologies
This trend is remarkable because airborne self separation was
originally conceived as a potential solution for high
density airspace. iFly aims to develop a
step change in this trend, through a systematic exploitation and
further development of the advanced mathematical techniques that have emerged within the
project of EC's 5th Framework Programme.
Currently, two schools of researchers exist. Researchers of one school
believe that airborne self-separation can safely accommodate
traffic levels much greater than current en-route traffic.
Researchers of the other school believe that airborne
self-separation cannot work safely for high density airspace.
Both schools concur that for airspace having sufficiently low
traffic densities, airborne self-separation may be safe. From a
research perspective this calls for a study which evaluates up
to which traffic levels airborne self-separation is safe. This
is exactly the key aim of the iFly project.
For en-route traffic, iFly has the objective to develop an advanced airborne self separation design
together with a vision how the well-equipped aircraft can be integrated within SESAR concept thinking.
The goal is to accommodate a three to six times increase in current en-route traffic levels.
This incorporates analysis of safety, complexity and pilot/controller responsibilities and
assessment of ground and airborne system requirements and which make part of an overall validation plan.
The proposed iFly research combines expertise in air transport human factors, safety and economics with
analytical and Monte Carlo simulation methodologies providing for "implementation" decision-making,
standardisation and regulatory frameworks.
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liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
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© National Aerospace Laboratory NLR 2007-2011. Created: 13
July 2007. Last updated:
14 September 2012.