AIR Lab is a joint research lab by CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) and Thales created to drive ATM innovation and adoption of new technologies in Air Traffic Management. Since its inception in 2019, the AIR Lab team has grown, now hosting more than 50 members comprising ATM experts, air traffic controllers, developers, and engineers.
The ATM Twin projects a ground-breaking initiative that plays a vital role in developing future ATM capabilities. The team have been working closely on this project since March 2021, recognizing the importance of rapid innovation in the complex ATM environment.
The ATM Twin is a cloud-native platform designed for ANSPs (Air Navigation Services Providers) to prototype, analyse live and historical data and improve their operations quickly and safely. By mirroring an entire ATM system virtually, air traffic controllers can engage in what-if scenarios , optimize their workflow and try new functionalities and configurations.
The ATM twin plays a key role in advancing key topics such as Trajectory-based Operations (TBO) and in incorporating new technologies within the security and safety constraints of the ATM domain. The collaboration fosters the adoption of greener aviation practices to reduce carbon emissions such as the Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) tool that is currently under development in AIR Lab.
Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) have been prototyped in Changi Airport (Singapore, ninth busiest airport of the world, and world best airport in 2023, for 12th time). They run with live traffic in May and June 2023.
The presentation introduces the ATM Twin, explains its technical design and cloud-native approach, shows several use cases and focuses on the recent CDO trials, including a demo of live traffic, CDO advisory, and a glimpse into the conclusions of the trials by using dashboards.