Helicopter flight procedures are currently based exclusively on procedures for planes. The requirements are penalising for rotorcraft, especially given that helicopter traffic is expected to increase considerably. The GARDEN Project sets out to develop and implement innovative flight procedures specifically for helicopters, based on future traffic patterns and developing the use of satellite system navigation.
The procedures must meet three crucial requirements: provide secure and safe access to a platform in an environment limited by the relief and/or proximity of a dense urban area; reduce noise; avoid interfering with aircraft trajectories, enabling helicopters to use airports and their landing and take-off runways, in conditions of dense air traffic.
The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking was set up by the European Commission and the Aviation industry in 2008 to develop technologies to mitigate the environmental impact of air transport. Clean Sky co-finances a number of projects in this area. Of these, GARDEN involves a consortium of experts led by Egis, with the participation of the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), Pildo Consulting and CGx AEROinSYS.
The GARDEN project will come on line on a phased basis from 2015.