Flight trials were conducted late last month to validate the Airborne Separation Assistance System Spacing (ASPA), a system for aircraft spacing and merging in congested air traffic environments. Part of the Single European Sky ATM Research program (SESAR), ASPA provides flight crews with data on surrounding air traffic in flight, and enables the pilots to achieve and maintain a specific time behind a specified aircraft ahead. Flight trials were conducted from Toulouse, France using an ...

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