Manual on Collaborative Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM)
|Publication Date:||1 January 2018|
The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance related to the concept of collaborative decision-making (CDM), and its use in air traffic flow management (ATFM) as well as in airport operations through airport-CDM (A-CDM).
Managing traffic flows is a unique activity in civil aviation, insofar as it involves so many different actors with different, and sometimes conflicting needs. In fact, the success of ATFM is directly conditioned by the ability to enable and secure the involvement of all actors and stakeholders throughout the entire process. Enhanced capacities and increased efficiency are also needed at airports, and are, as for ATFM, a powerful incentive to implement robust collaboration, reconciling the needs from all actors and stakeholders. This manual consolidates those three topics into a single document to reflect the intricacies of CDM, ATFM and airport operations.
The guidance in this manual is intended to foster collaboration in the implementation of processes, tools and methods that will meet the specifications of each State and ICAO region. The guidance was designed to strike the right balance between worldwide standardization and local adaptation.
Part I details the fundamental notions underscoring the concept of CDM, and how to decide on a course of action articulated between two or more community members. This allows to improve the overall performance of ATM, while balancing the needs of individual ATM community members.
Part II details the purpose, uses and benefits of flow management. It provides a complete set of operational guidelines that cover the definition and improvement of capacities, the various ATFM solutions and measures, as well as the communication requirements underscoring flow management. It also provides implementation guidance in the form of a roadmap that can be adapted to each situation.
Part III expands the reach of collaboration and describes how the CDM concept applies to airport operations and aircraft turnaround. Building on the experiences of various States in different regions, and reflecting the scalability needed to ensure efficiency, this manual identifies the roles and responsibilities of actors and stakeholders, and details the methods and tools that can be used in airport collaborative decision-making (A-CDM). As is the case for the section related to ATFM, a large part of the guidance material focuses on implementation guidance and is articulated around a proposed roadmap that can be adapted to local specificities.
ICAO wishes to acknowledge the contributions to this manual from the following bodies: Eurocontrol, FAA, and the Civil Aviation Authorities of Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.
The guidance material in this manual will be updated at regular intervals. Comments on this manual would be appreciated from all parties involved in the development and implementation of ATFM and A-CDM. These comments should be addressed to:
The Secretary General
International Civil Aviation Organization
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