CAST Aircraft is the flexible, comprehensive and most efficient modelling tool for aircraft traffic at airports and in the airspace. CAST Aircraft enables a rapid, scenario based evaluation of systems in scalable levels of detail, for example to remove bottlenecks, plan resources or assess and improve a system‘s capacity.
Central part of a CAST Aircraft model is the 3D infrastructure and environment, including all relevant airside and airspace elements. Operational concepts individually define how aircraft taxi and how runways are used. Airspace and runway operations are based on ATC rules and consider e.g. wake vortex and radar separations, runway exit behaviour and the individual properties of an aircraft. It is possible to define individual rules or use default settings. The integrated analysis and dashboards enable immediate and automated result generation of standard KPI or individual analysis.
With CAST Aircraft users can easily increase their understanding of the status quo, detect the problem and choose the right course of action.
Working within CAST’s 3D environment guarantees most efficient application and highest usability by:
The CAST Aircraft scenario manager facilitates long, medium and pre-operational airside and runway capacity analysis. Stochastic data input and Monte Carlo like parameter randomization are supported for quick analysis and comparison of multiple runway and airside system configurations.
Detailed flight plans, actual operational rules and specific separation patterns are supported with high accuracy to determine the “declared capacity” and maximize slot utilization.
CAST based methodology for airport and runway capacity declaration is used and recommended by leading slot coordination authorities.
The optional module CAST Airspace is widely extending your options in airspace capacity studies, new organization of routes or sectors as well as procedure changes.
A CAST Airspace model covers the relevant routes to the airport of interest including its SIDs, STARs and sectors for initial, intermediate and final approach. ATC concepts such as speed control, radar vectoring and holding procedures are followed. A special feature is the application of the Eurocontrol BADA performance database: based on industry-leading aircraft performance reference data, BADA ensures realistic altitude as well as speed profiles for the vast majority of aircraft.
CAST has been developed by users for users with partners like e.g. BAA-London Heathrow, Frankfurt Airport, Zurich Airport, Eurocontrol, Dubai Airports, Charles de Gaulle Airport and Airbus.
Worldwide users include airport owners, airport operators, airlines, ground handling companies, ANS provider, logistic companies, authorities, universities and other organizations, as well as engineering, planning and consulting companies.
To ensure a quick start and immidiate success ARC offers consulting services, training as well as support for the initial set-up of a model. As an further option the Continuous Modelling Service (CMS) does not only include the set-up of a 3D-CAST model of the airport but also a predefined simulation service on a regular base in order to check defined airport parts or to test next season’s schedule. For ARC and its worldwide clients a close and long term cooperation is one of the most important key factors to ensure the best possible outcomes and ensure the sustainable use of the CAST technology.
Subsequent to the training experienced CAST experts take care of the user support. The ARC helpdesk is there to answer technical questions regarding the use of CAST for specific tasks, technical problems or special features of CAST. Further, individual modelling and project support is available as an option.
Being a CAST User means becoming a member of the CAST User Community. Every year, CAST users from various international airports, airlines and consulting companies come together to network with other experts, share experiences, talk about projects, gain insights into the latest developments and discuss CAST’s vision for the future.