Airservices Australia was part of a demonstration on how improved air traffic management can reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.
It assisted the airline, Emirates, to conduct a flight through Australian airspace as part of the demonstration
Emirates Flight EK434 from Dubai to Brisbane was part of the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions (INSPIRE) program. The program aims to yield substantial savings in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
Results based on 100 similar flights conducted under the INSPIRE program, indicate a fuel saving of 740kg and 2.3 tonnes of CO2 per flight.
Acting Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control at Airservices Australia, Greg Hood said Airservices worked in cooperation with other air navigation service providers and airports in the region, demonstrating the efficiencies that could be achieved by initiating less air traffic navigation constraints, as far as is practicable.
“The Emirates flight used a company-preferred route across the Indian Ocean and through Australian domestic airspace. On arrival the flight conducted a Continuous Descent Approach via Smart Tracking to the runway at Brisbane Airport,” Mr Hood said.
“This arrival was an example of Airservices’ recently-introduced Smart Tracking technology.”
He said Smart Tracking enabled suitably-equipped aircraft to glide to the runway under minimal power avoiding long, straight-in approaches.
“This offers significant environmental benefits, including the reduction of carbon emissions, by reducing the amount of fuel used by aircraft,” Mr Hood said.
Edition 378, 10 September 2013