The potential for improvement of operational efficiency by introduction of A-CDM, Total Airport Management (TAM), and improved, performance based airport management is estimated up to 15-20%. Besides an individual adaptation of the concepts and development of specific management procedures, the training of management and operational staff is essential to explore this potential.
In order to support these requirements, the CAST airport simulation software has been extended with further modules in order to provide a Virtual Airport Operational Test and Training Platform. User defined scenarios of air/airside and terminal operations can run in real or fast time while being controlled from external interfaces like in a real AOC or APOC (Airport Operations Center). Several connected interfaces for different APOC stakeholders are provided by ArianeGroup.
The CAST based Gaming Platform fills a gap by providing a unique hybrid system that can combine fast-time and real- time gaming simulation. In typical sessions users monitor operations via performance dashboard and e.g. can trigger control actions: flights can be shifted, cancelled and reallocated, and the effect on several KPIs can be monitored. The tool also provides interfaces to use or connect (external) systems, such as a gate and check-in disposition or departure management system.
By integration and application of predictive or what-if tools like the ARC’s PAX FLOW SOLUTION or the SECURITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION powered by CAST the benefits of such systems can be evaluated and proved.
Cost reductions result not only from implementing only well-tested concepts and support tools, but also from the testing itself, which is much cheaper than conventional methods such as real- life testing, which can be disruptive. The CAST gaming platform can be used for a large range of airport improvements, including capacity, environment, airport control and predictability. Airport operators can design and select the best choices for their investments. Further keys to success that are supported by the platform are the training of work-flows from different stakeholder perspectives as well as the practice of communication procedures and management of disruptive situations.
Alan Marsden, EUROCONTROL