NAV CANADA is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory to develop state-of-the-art technologies for managing capacity and demand imbalances for airports, terminals, and enroute airspace under challenging weather conditions.
July 25, 2022

These technologies will result in the ability to make more objective and accurate predictions of strategic and tactical airspace impacts, and then to make more informed traffic management decisions with more lead time than ever before. 

The solutions being developed are also a building block for Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO), a strategic priority for NAV CANADA that represents a significant advancement over current capabilities. With TBO, rather than managing aircraft trajectories separately within each “Flight Information Region,” they will be managed across the entire flight, from departure to destination. To be able to view each flight in its totality, a complex amalgamation of weather, airport capacity, and demand data will be analysed up to twelve hours in advance. (Weather has always been a major challenge for effective TBO implementation.) The result will be safer, more predictable, more efficient air travel.