Since 2009, FAA and EUROCONTROL have produced joint comparisons of operational performance measures using common data and common metrics. For 2013, the benchmark comparison is performed under a Memorandum of Cooperation between the United States of America and the European Union. The reports provide a comparative operational performance assessment between Europe and the US using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of flight efficiency, delay, and system variability that have been harmonized by both groups. The ability to work with harmonized KPIs fosters a unique opportunity for both organizations to learn each other's strengths and identify opportunities for improvement across all phases of flight. External factors such as weather, demand and airport capacity that are key drivers of operational performance are also reported. For more information, contact: John Gulding, Manager, Strategic Analysis and Benchmarking

Latest FAA/European Benchmark Report

2013 Report2013 Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance: U.S./Europe
Provides EU/US trends in aviation performance through calendar year 2013. This report adds a trajectory efficiency indicator for filed flight plans as well as more detailed indicators for ATM imposed delay. The report tracks thunderstorm and winter operations for the US and the subsequent impact on performance.
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The value of international benchmarking is the ability to provide aviation stakeholders a live test bed for assessing how a system may behave if traffic changes or technology evolves in a way that can be compared to other parts of the world. The benchmark report combines elements integral to the European Performance Scheme as well as measures key to FAA external reporting. Although regions of the world have differences in traffic volume or operating conditions, these types of reports demonstrate it is possible to converge on common measures that allow for fact-driven comparisons of aviation performance at a global level.

Report archive:

2012 Report2012 Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance: U.S./Europe
Provides EU/US trends in aviation performance through calendar year 2012. The period reported a continued decrease in flight operations over 2010 with moderately more favorable weather conditions compared to 2010.
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2010 Report2010 U.S./Europe Comparison of ATM-Related Operational Performance
Provides EU/US trends in aviation performance through calendar year 2010. Highlights include the effects of new infrastructure in the US, declining traffic levels from 2008 and adverse weather and industrial actions in Europe.
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2008 ReportU.S./Europe Comparison of ATM-Related Operational Performance
Initial benchmark report comparing trends in aviation performance through calendar year 2008. 2008 was indicative of peak traffic levels in the US prior to schedule limitations for the New York area airports.
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