GE Aviation And Stakeholders Collaborate On Airspace Efficiency For 10 Brazil Airports

GE Aviation, working cooperatively with aviation stakeholders, is implementing a multi-year program to improve airspace efficiencies in Brazil. Green Skies of Brazil encompasses 10 airports and is the result of a two-year national research initiative with air navigation service provider DECEA, Brazilian regulator ANAC, trade organizations and the airlines to identify operational efficiencies using data analytics. GOL is the first airline committed to the program and all qualified operators will be able to participate. Click here for a graphic of potential savings at Brasilia International airport.

GE Aviation’s Flight Analytics platform used detailed airspace, airport and airline operational models to evaluate the efficiency of historical flight operations, identify areas for improvement, and quantify the potential efficiency gains. As a result, GE’s Navigation & Fuel Management experts quantified the value of deploying Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures to airlines in Brazil. DECEA will be deploying the public-use RNP procedures and multiple city pair procedures at 10 key airports in southeast Brazil. This effort ensures an efficient, cost-saving network within the first year.

The 10 airports selected for the program will be: Guarulhos, Congonhas, Viracopos, Galeão, Curitiba, Brasília, Confins, Vitoria and Pampulha; initial paths at Santos Dumont were deployed in 2012. At Brasilia International airport alone, GOL could potentially save an average of 22 track miles, 7.5 minutes, 77 gallons of fuel and 1628 lbs of CO 2 per approach compared to the conventional paths, totaling more than $24mm in operational savings over five years. Watch a video on the program here.

“Once the RNP paths are deployed, GE Aviation’s Flight Analytics platform will analyze actual flight and operational data to support optimization, validate the cost savings and identify additional areas for improvements,” said Giovanni Spitale, general manager of GE Aviation’s Flight Efficiency Services. “This may include optimizing the paths for additional fuel and track mile savings, vertical profile reduction, capacity gains, runway throughput or environmental improvements.”

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