UK Civil Aviation Authority
DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING TO HELP REVIEW THE UK'S AIRSPACE
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is using Emu Analytics’ digital twin solution, Flo.w, to monitor how UK airspace is utilised and make informed, data-led, decisions on its future, accounting for safety, efficiency and all airspace users.
INSIGHTS ON DEMAND
Flo.w allows the UK CAA to continuously monitor the use of UK Airspace and run powerful reporting, on demand, to access insights when they are needed.
Centralising data collection and processing means that multiple teams in the UK CAA are able to use the same insights for different use cases.
The UK CAA are able to easily share insights to inform and engage with stakeholders of airspace change, promoting collaboration & transparency.
COMPLEX BIG DATA SUPPORTS CRITICAL DECISIONS
Every minute of every day, a multitude of aircraft utilise a complex, yet invisible, structure of airspace over the UK. It is the UK CAA’s responsibility to secure an efficient use of airspace, which is resilient to future usage and which can integrate an ever growing mix of users, while maintaining a high level of safety. Over the next decade this airspace will have to change and modernise to support an increased mix of user types, from commercial, through to remotely piloted aircraft. The UK CAA has an evolving function to review the classification of UK airspace, in consultation with stakeholders, and to make amendments taking into account possible safety, operational and environmental impacts.
In order to facilitate this task the UK CAA needed a reliable and efficient way of understanding how UK airspace is currently and historically used, to facilitate conversations with stakeholders based on credible data.
REAL-TIME & HISTORICAL INSIGHTS ON DEMAND
The UK CAA invited Emu Analytics, and their data-partner Plane Finder, to develop an aircraft tracking and surveillance platform that could provide the insights needed to understand how UK Airspace is utilised historically and in real-time.
Emu Analytics rapidly deployed their cloud-based Flo.w platform, capable of ingesting thousands of data points a second from ADS-B transmitters on aircraft and processing that data into meaningful insights. By choosing Flo.w, the UK CAA is ensuring it is capable of supporting future airspace change whilst maintaining the safety of those who use it.
“The Airspace Analyser Tool has proven invaluable to the Airspace Classification Review Team.
Tasked with reviewing the classification of UK airspace, the ability to filter and interrogate historical and live data allows us to investigate and validate insight that we receive through a variety of channels. The analysis generated has enabled us to form an evidence-based picture of how specific volumes and regions of airspace are utilised, by whom, when and at what altitude. This has helped to influence and shape our discussions with ACAs and airspace users. The additional overlaid safety data such as airprox and infringements, adds a significant layer of intelligence to help us generate effective and positive airspace change.”
Emma Simpson - Airspace Lead, The UK Civil Aviation Authority
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