TAP, integrated into a European consortium that includes Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia, competed for European funds with the project SPICE (Synchronised PBN Implementation Cohesion Europe) and won.
The project is coordinated by Eurocontrol - the Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation made by contracting States and by the European Union - and brings together, between airlines and providers of air traffic services, a total of 11 partners. In Portugal, in addition to the TAP also incorporate this consortium, the NAV Portugal and SATA.
The team that led the project consists of António Aguiar, Director of Technical Support of Flight Operations, and Gonçalo Carpenter and Joel Ferreira of Maintenance and Engineering. Also included with the involvement of Teresa Lopes, Director of Corporate Finance and of Magalhães Ferreira of the Legal Office.
Joel Ferreira, António Aguiar e Gonçalo Carpinteiro
The constraints on European Air Traffic
The European Commission launches an annual contest (Call) within the Single European Sky initiative which aims to recognize good practices in the development of aviation and distinguish innovative projects which have a positive impact on air traffic management.
Anyone who knows the activity of air transport recognizes that the management of air traffic in the European space presents inefficiencies. All countries have their air space and the management of flights is done in a very fragmented way. This issue is seen, often when traveling, we arrive at the airports of destination and our plane goes in circles, along with others, because there is a waiting list of aircraft to land at the same time.
It is now accepted that the management of flights is inefficient because the information is not integrated, and in this sense are allowed the various harmful effects of this situation, passing by the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere, the loss of competitiveness of enterprises of transport communities face to face with its counterparts in other continents, the loss of time for passengers, among others.
The appreciation of the TAP fleet
In an attempt to improve the situation, the European Commission is proposing to invest money on solutions to this constraint. Some solutions developed, namely the capacity RNP AR (Required Navigation Performance Authorisation Required) will allow a better air traffic management.
For that this capacity RNP AR can be used, the airlines, among which is TAP, have to make changes to their fleets so the new technological solutions are supported. Also the companies managing air traffic controllers will have to make changes to the infrastructure on land and in some cases up to the airports have to make changes to the airport infrastructure. All of these actions imply heavy investments.
The European Funds
TAP being knowledgeable of these new solutions and that these could be covered by funds from the European Commission for its implementation contributed to these incentives. With this project TAP has funding to equip its fleet of new capacity and, with the same process, you will be able to still implement changes that were bound to be made, in the very short term, and for which would have to use their own resources on an estimated amount of about 8.7 M€.
The adaptations in the design of the TAP are budgeted at €11,184.175, the largest value among all the members of the consortium, and will be financed in €9,506.548.75, i.e. 85% of the total.
The SPICE Project was approved in the framework of the Call CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) 2015. TAP will submit three proposals for projects in Call CEF 2016, which ends on 7 February 2017.
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