Metron Aviation has been awarded a contract by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to study the most cost-effective means to reduce aviation emissions in the Asia Pacific region. Metron Aviation will work closely with APEC, AEROTHAI Thailand and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia to estimate the benefits of optimizing traffic flow points of congestion (i.e. airports and airspace). This study's main objective is to reduce fuel consumption by determining Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) procedures that optimize traffic capacity within infrastructure constraints, reduce airborne delays and balance demand to available capacity at airports and airspace.
Most APEC economies are experiencing air traffic growth that exceeds the capacity of their major airports and key airspace. The capacity overloading results in airborne traffic delays, unnecessary reroutes and excess fuel consumption. The reduction of greenhouse gases is a global problem and this project provides an opportunity to improve energy efficiency by taking advantage of air traffic management techniques.
According to Donald Ward, APEC Project Overseer, "We chose to work with Metron Aviation because of their outstanding air traffic flow management subject matter expertise, operational systems and procedure development. This region of Asia is experiencing exponential growth and by balancing the demand with capacity, we will alleviate congestion and reduce emissions, thereby creating a more efficient and seamless airspace."
"APEC has taken a strong position regarding airspace optimization and emissions reduction in the Asia Pacific region," said Jim Gaughan, CEO, Metron Aviation. "Their region's air traffic growth is one of the fastest in the world, and they are taking measures to ensure capacity meets the rising demand, while actively considering environmental concerns. We fully support APEC's endeavors and are honored to work with all stakeholders to recommend and implement CDM procedures that enhance capacity and reduce emissions."