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BOOK REVIEW

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European Air Traffic Manage-


ment: Principles, Practice
and Research
By Andrew Cook
The book is designed to offer the reader a
single source of reference on the key subject
areas of air traffic management (ATM) in Eu-
rope. The book brings together material from
a number of contributors representing both
industry and academia, and examines the key
issues in current and future European Air
Traffic Management.
Review by Rodney Fewings

The book is structured around eight main chapters, each


dealing with a specific aspect of ATM. This allows each
chapter to be read on a stand-alone basis. The first part of the
book deals with the organization and operation of European
airspace, starting with a historical background and then the section of climate change concentrates on the major
moving on to a detailed description of the infrastructure and emission sources, and it then concludes by examining the
the procedures for operating the ATM system in Europe. Of achievements and opportunities of climate impact mitigation
particular interest to pilots and airline operations is a detailed by the use of new concepts and technologies in ATM. Of
section on flight planning and the slot allocation process. particular importance, and this has been recognized for some
years now, the actual track distances flown by aircraft could
The book then moves on to a detailed discussion on airspace be significantly reduced in the future with consequent savings
capacity, the methodologies used to estimate airspace capacity, in fuel and reduced emissions. The environmental theme then
and a comprehensive analysis of airspace complexity issues. continues with an examination of the societal viewpoint. This
The latter is a major ATM issue that is not always appreciated part of book includes a number of interesting areas ranging
or understood. Many people will associate congestion from sustainability to a ‘just culture’.
and capacity limitations with runway operations, and it is
refreshing that a knowledge gap about capacity issues has Finally, the book examines the reform of ATM in Europe. The
been filled. It is appropriate that the book then moves on to rationale for doing so is based on the likely continuing growth
a detailed discussion on the management and costs of delay. in the air transport industry, notwithstanding the occasional
The latter is thoroughly dealt with and, if nothing else, this hiccups of recession and fuel price hikes. The ATM system
section of the book should clearly demonstrate to the industry in Europe is seen as being intrinsically inefficient, and the
that this is an under-researched area and that improved aircraft rectification of this under the Single European Sky and
and airport management systems are urgently required. SESAR research program is discussed in some detail. This is
not, of course, only a European problem, but one that is faced
As with all contemporary texts on aviation, environmental elsewhere in the world too as traffic continues to grow.
issues are covered in some detail. The text concentrates on
noise, air quality, and climate change. A number of current Overall, this is a very readable book that should appeal to
noise mitigation measures are described in detail, while a wide audience ranging from undergraduate students to

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industry practitioners. A minor quibble is that the flow from About the Author
one chapter to another is not as fluent as with a sole-author Author: Dr Andrew Cook is a Senior Research Fellow at the
book and, perhaps, could have included some discussion on Department of Transport Studies, University of Westminster,
ATM service provider privatization and corporatization as London, UK.
this is, in turn, is linked to providing a more cost-effective
ATM system. However, as a plus point, the Appendix About the Reviewer
Rodney Fewings is a Senior Research Officer with the Department
includes a very useful compilation of web-based aviation
of Air Transport, school of Engineering, Cranfield University, UK
information sources; the Glossary includes a useful list of
acronyms (a necessity for ATM literature) and an extensive About the Book
Bibliographical list. European Air Traffic Management: Principles, Practice and
Research
Edited by Andrew Cook
Photo 1: Air Traffic Control Simulator. Courtesy of the United States Ashgate Publishing Limited, UK, 2007
Department of Defense (Airman 1st Class Michael S. Dorus). ISBN: 978-0-7546-7295-1

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