The project BASE aimed at better understanding how business jet operators handle environmental constraints, currently and in the future.
BASE pursued three main objectives in line with Clean Sky’s SGO ITD:
- Gather and analyse trajectory data from actual flights.
- Understand the current practices and operating costs of the business jet operators.
- Understand the costs of current and future environmental constraints applicable to the business jet operators and their expectations in terms of flight optimisation.
For trajectory data, environmental specialists worked with multiple operators (UniJet, Flying Group, Palmali Aviation, Korfez Havacilik, doing taxi, charter, corporate travel and shared ownership) to record FDR data on a variety of routes, aircraft (Falcon, Global Express, GulfStream) and approaches that were relevant for an environmental study. Data was then analysed and synthesised for use within the Clean Sky simulator.
For operating costs and practices, the consortium members used their existing knowledge and portfolio of business jet operator customers and contacts. They surveyed existing best operating practices stressing in particular the role of pilots, dispatchers, flight operations engineers, and analysed the operating costs by business model.
They also analysed the costs of environmental constraints and expectations of business aviation operators in terms of flight optimisation and integrated solutions to alleviate the environmental constraints.
The consortium involved 2 SMEs with extensive experience in aviation and the environment, FDR data analysis, flight ops & costs. They do regular business with the business jet operators (ETS consulting and verification) and have secured informal participation from several operators to the project.
Finally, these participants have experience in handling such projects having taken a key role in the Clean Sky project CARING with similar objectives to the airline.