Environmentally Responsible Air Transport (ERAT) is a research project that addresses the ATM community’s need to reduce the environmental impact per flight to allow for sustainable growth. The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme, but due to its strong relation to the SESAR Work Programme, the technical supervision is conducted by SESAR Joint Undertaking.
The ERAT project develops and validates concepts of operations (CONOPSs) for a medium and high density traffic airport. The chosen reference airports are Stockholm Arlanda and London Heathrow. The CONOPSs aim for reduced environmental impacts through increased efficiency of operations in the extended terminal area (eTMA) and by enabling Continuous Descent Approaches (CDAs) and Continuous Climb Departures (CCDs). The concepts are directly related to the ERAT SESAR members concept work to be undertaken in the SESAR Work Programme.
To70 is the project manager and is also in charge of the dissemination and validation plans and performance of an environmental evaluation of the developed concepts for London Heathrow. The evaluation includes the assessment of noise, emissions and fuel burn. More info at erat.to70.nl.