1. Efficiency and procedure development
SafeRoute+ enables pilots to maintain Visual Flight Rules (VFR) arrival rates under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions enabling better decision making to optimize flight paths, altitudes and spacing.
According to Captain Dave Surridge, A320 captain and senior manager of optimization, policies and procedures for American Airlines, “that bigger picture enables us to make better decisions about how the current stage of the flight is going to be conducted. We’re hoping to see better spacing on final, better use of terminal airspace, and a reduction in go-arounds.”
With the current reduction in air traffic, pilots and controllers may have an opportunity to focus on these new procedures during revenue flights, aiding in the validation of the benefit assumptions.