Since 2009, FAA and EUROCONTROL have produced joint comparisons of operational performance measures using common data and common metrics. For 2015, the benchmark comparison is performed under a Memorandum of Cooperation between the United States of America and the European Union. The report provides demonstrated examples of the KPIs listed in the 2016 ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP). External factors such as weather, demand and airport capacity that are key drivers of operational performance are also reported. For more information, please contact: John Gulding, Manager, ATO/Strategic Analysis.
Latest FAA/European Benchmark Report2017 Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance: U.S./Europe
This report provides EU/US trends in aviation performance through calendar years 2015-17. The performance review covers similar geographical areas with the US controlling approximately 50% more flights with approximately 40% less staff. Europe experienced more delay in the en-route phase, which requires the coordination of 37 different Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). US traffic continued to grow in congested areas while runway construction was underway at several key airports. Using harmonized metrics, the report provides performance trends for Air Traffic Management Delay, Punctuality and Flight Efficiency, which reflect the effects of traffic growth, weather and runway construction. The FAA supports this effort to compare air navigation systems as the results are critical to the FAA maintaining global leadership and achieving U.S. aviation goals.
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The value of international benchmarking is the ability to provide ANSPs a live test bed for assessing how ATC systems may perform if traffic, operating procedures, demand management policy or technology evolve 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 utilized by FAA management. Although regions of the world have differences in traffic volume or operating conditions, these reports demonstrate it is possible to converge on common measures that allow for fact-driven comparisons of aviation performance at a global level.
Report archive2015 Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance: U.S./Europe
This report provides EU/US trends in aviation performance through calendar year 2015 highlighting changes that have occurred since 2013. These include the effects of construction, increases in demand at key facilities as well as areas where overall delay due to traffic management initiatives has decreased. The report introduces two new EU/US initiatives that track changes in the vertical descent profile and key characteristics of traffic management initiatives such as their frequency, duration and number of flights affected.
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2013 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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2012 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 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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U.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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