MITRE Supports Modernization Efforts in Europe and Latin America

November 2013
For decades MITRE has been a key partner in aviation infrastructure modernization projects—such as airport feasibility and capacity analyses, safety assessments, approach procedure design, and airport noise modeling—throughout Europe and Latin America.
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Projects in these regions have included airport feasibility and capacity analyses, safety assessments, approach procedure design, airport noise modeling, aviation infrastructure support, and national-level advanced air navigation modernization initiatives.

In Europe, MITRE has been active in such nations as Albania, Armenia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In Latin America, MITRE's reputation for aviation expertise has led to collaborative efforts in countries all over the continent, including Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Several countries have sought out MITRE's experience and expertise in the design of independent (simultaneous) approaches to three runways at U.S. airports. This  innovation has not yet been implemented internationally, but Ecuador, Germany and Mexico—among others—are considering it.

MITRE often transfers its experience and methodologies to other nations soon after successful implementation in the U.S. For example, France's Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) became the first airport outside the United States to conduct dual independent approach procedures after Aéroport de Paris (ADP) engaged MITRE's assistance. Years later, MITRE assisted ADP again, this time to redesign a broad section of Paris's airspace to avoid noise over sensitive areas as CDG expanded its infrastructure to four runways.

As MITRE continues to assist the U.S. in its air traffic control modernization efforts, it also transfers advanced satellite-based navigation technology to many nations. For example, MITRE has assisted Germany in its quest to design a Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) plan using MITRE's experience in the design and implementation of the United States' PBN Roadmap. A comparable PBN implementation effort in Argentina has taken place at select locations, including an airport in the Andes Mountain Range. In Spain, modernization efforts have led MITRE to partner with INECO, a research and development institution in Spain, in the redesign of Spain's en route structure.

The success of these projects is setting up transformational changes. These changes, in turn, should facilitate not only the growth of the aviation industry but also continuing economic growth in other sectors.

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