NAV CANADA and Partners to Continue Fuel and Emissions Saving Project
for Trans-Atlantic Flights
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- NAV CANADA is pleased
to announce the launch of the second phase of the ENGAGE
Demonstration project, a collaborative initiative to reduce aircraft
fuel burn and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the North Atlantic -
the world's busiest oceanic airspace. NAV CANADA is leading the
ENGAGE II Demonstration project in partnership with Air France and
NATS, the United Kingdom's air navigation service provider.
The ENGAGE II Demonstration will build on and further expand the
successes of the ENGAGE flight trials that were completed last year.
A Consortium of NAV CANADA and Air France was awarded the ENGAGE II
project by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) as part of its Atlantic
Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE) Program.
"We are pleased that the SJU continues to show confidence in our
ability to employ new technology and procedures in the global efforts
to reduce the environmental footprint of the aviation industry," said
Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Vice President, Operations. "ENGAGE I was a
proven success which demonstrated real benefits in cost savings as
well as the reduction in GHG emissions."
As part of ENGAGE I, some 25 flight trials were executed over the
North Atlantic. Through the application of more efficient flight
profiles, the average reduction in GHG emissions per flight was
nearly 1,300 kilograms while the fuel saving per flight was close to
Those flight trials tested the viability of two concepts on North
Atlantic operations: progressive or continuous altitude change; and
corresponding changes in aircraft speed (Mach) in place of the more
traditional single speed, single altitude flight profile over the
As a flight transits the ocean, fuel is consumed and the weight of
the aircraft decreases, resulting in the most efficient flight level
becoming higher (assuming zero wind). Therefore, an efficient flight
profile may include a progressive or continuous altitude change
and/or change in Mach.
"In ENGAGE II, we plan to significantly increase the number of flight
trials using variable altitude and variable speed," said Kellar. "We
have more carriers participating in an expanded oceanic region and we
expect to execute over 100 trials - a four-fold increase from phase
one of the project."
In addition to the increased flight trials to confirm the viability
of the concept over an expanded region; the demonstration flights
will also permit the collection of data necessary to support the
future implementation of the procedures after the trials have
The first trials began in late October and early results are
encouraging. The project will continue until the fall of 2013.
The Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE)
agreement between the European Commission and the FAA is a programme
which aims to reduce CO2 emissions and accelerate the pace of change
by taking advantage of air traffic management best practices and
capitalize on present aircraft technology. It enables the
implementation of environmentally friendly procedures for all phases
of flight. AIRE is an important part of the green component of the
SESAR programme and the SESAR Joint Undertaking is responsible for
its management from a European perspective.
For more information, visit the SJU website: www.sesarju.eu
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA, is the country's private sector civil air navigation
service provider. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV
CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather
briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory
services and electronic aids to navigation.
About Air France-KLM
Air France-KLM carried more than 70 million passengers in 2011 to
more than 250 worldwide destinations in over 120 different countries
from its two main hubs in Paris-CDG and Amsterdam. Air France-KLM is
composed of almost 600 aircraft. The Air France long-haul fleet
flying in the NAT region is composed of more than 100 aircraft all
FANS 1/A equipped from either Airbus (A330-200, A340-300) or Boeing
(B747-400, B777-200, B777-300ER).
NATS is the UK's leading provider of Air Traffic Management (ATM)
services, handling 2.2 million flights in 2011/12, covering the UK
and eastern North Atlantic. NATS provides air traffic control from
centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also
provides air traffic control services at 15 of the nation's major
airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham,
Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, together with air traffic services
at Gibraltar Airport.
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