Our work on large multi-national projects and with international partners means we understand which ideas work in which operational environments.
Our involvement in research and development programmes such as SESAR means we don’t just know what concepts will work today, we know which ones will work tomorrow, next year and into the next decades.
Our quiet confidence in our unbeatable knowledge on some of the world’s most popular ATM concepts means that we are the only people you need to talk to.
We work daily, helping some of the world’s busiest runways achieve even greater efficiency. Whilst we can help with an Airport Masterplan and planning of new runways, we realise that new tarmac is not always an option. We can model your current operations and analyse your current performance. We can use our expertise in ATM operations to suggest new methods, procedures, systems and concepts to help you get more out of what you already have.
We are proud that the world’s two busiest airports have chosen us to guide them through implementation of wake turbulence concepts including Time Based Separation, consolidating our position as leading experts in runway efficiency.
Think Research were working on SESAR and NextGen concepts for ANSP long before SESAR and NextGen ever existed!
We are one of the most active SME in the SESAR programme, both in support to the SESAR members, and as Associate Partners to the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Our involvement, to date, in 16 different SESAR projects spans operational and system work packages, and multiple disciplines such as validation, concept, safety, human factors, environmental assessment and rules and regulations.
We are co-authors of the E-OCVM – the methodology by which the SESAR concept is assessed against fitness for purpose and to which the Joint Programme and Development Office has aligned the NextGen modelling and analysis process.
Technology roadmaps ensure that standards are mature and facilitate synchronised implementation between system, concepts and initiatives. It is vital that sound and consistent technology roadmaps are developed and validated if harmonisation at ICAO ASBU level is to be realised.
Think Research can help to implement technology roadmaps in order to allow clients to align goals with technical solutions, thus assisting with the planning process and providing a framework to coordinate developments at both internal and external levels. Think are able to achieve this due to their Concept Expertise, providing the experience and ability to align concept to goals and implementation.
One of the biggest decisions an air traffic services provider can take is to upgrade or replace their ATM system. We can help them understand the requirements to upgrade, assess candidate systems and provide independent assurance that they are making the right investment decision.
From concept development, to simulation, integration, training and transition, we have played lead roles in some of Europe’s biggest ATC system upgrades and the Middle East’s biggest airport builds. Our cross domain expertise supports timely delivery and operations of the new system while maintaining safety and service levels.
This is the era of performance based ATM operations.
Our operational analysis expertise can tell you how your ATM system is performing, what factors are contributing to the performance, and what the outlook is for future performance.
Our Safety experts can help you understand not just how safe your operations are, but how safe your organisation is through our work on Safety Culture.
Not forgetting the key component in the system, our Human Factors experts can help you understand the two-way relationship between human performance and system performance.
The changing demands of air traffic are influencing the way airspace is designed and managed. Think Research can help you optimise your airspace to take advantage of specifications such as Performance Based Navigation, concepts such as Functional Airspace Blocks and Flexible Use of Airspace, and procedures such as Point Merge.
Our broad range of skills includes airspace and procedure design, operational concept development, modelling and simulation, controller training and implementation of the selected systems. The operational backgrounds of our staff, whether Air Traffic Controllers or commercial pilots, means we have a unique insight into the impact of airspace design on service providers and airspace users.
Often, the challenge for an air traffic service provider is not to do more, but to provide the same service at a lower cost. Service providers and airport operators take advantage of our operational knowledge to help them detect areas where efficiencies can be achieved. They also ask for our technical input to identify new systems or concepts that can be implemented to bring longer term return on investments.
An illustration of our capability in this area is our award winning work on Remote Towers. We are the world’s leading independent experts on the Remote Provision of ATS for aerodromes, assisting several ANSP in both research and implementation projects since 2009.
Our experts use their knowledge of the current and planned evolution of air transport infrastructure, ATM and the aviation industry as a whole at the regional, national and global level to deliver objective advice and insight.
This can be used to focus on upcoming challenges and trends within the industry, which in turn can be used to bring about concept development and process improvement, ultimately allowing clients to validate their business ensuring its fitness for purpose in a changing industry where adaptation is a requirement.
With a long established capability in radar modelling and environmental assessments, Think Research were recently asked to develop this capability for use in the impact assessment of Wind Farms on ATC radar.
Built with regulator, ANSP and clients requirements in mind, our Radar Impact Assessment Tool provides in-depth, visual and accurate results concerning the risk of radar interference from wind turbines. It can be used by renewable energy companies and developers to gain both initial and detailed information in support of planning applications.
Aside from our technical assessments, our staff of Air Traffic Controllers are able to provide the vital operational interpretation to compliment Radar Assessments. Our operational experts will be able to assess how, when and why specific sites may operationally impact the ATM infrastructure.