Boeing-Comac research centre to work on ATM projects

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Boeing and Comac's joint research centre has identified two new research projects on air traffic management.

The Boeing-Comac Technology Centre will work with the Civil Aviation University of China to forecast the Chinese national airspace system's 30-year capacity. This research aims to develop tools to predict trends of future airspace development and provide recommendations to improve the country's airspace system.

Separately, the centre will also work with Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics to develop an air traffic decision support system that will optimise in-bound air traffic flows at airports. This will help air traffic controllers determine the most efficient arrival sequences and enhance flight safety by providing better situational awareness.

These projects will support the long-term efficiency, capacity and safety of China's air traffic system, says Boeing.

"With the increasing demand for air transport and growing environmental concerns, air traffic management plays a key role in the healthy growth of air transport capability," says Wang Guangqiu, vice-president of Comac's Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute.

The Boeing-Comac Technology Centre was first launched last August and has announced its first project on the refining of waste cooking oil as an alternative to sustainable aviation fuel. The centre, funded by both airframers, is located in Comac's new Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute.