EUNADICS-AV exercise results


The EUNADICS-AV demonstration exercise at the Schwarzenberg barracks in Salzburg from March 4th to 8th 2019 has been conducted in a workshop style. Instead of giving talks and presentations, every sub-topic/ work package, represented in allocated cells, demonstrated their contributions for the selected events. The cells therefore presented their relevant data and impact during the four phases (pre-alert, disruption, crisis and recovery). In addition, the cells provided additional information on the used data sets and model application as well as the scientific background of the procedures.

Live demonstrations during the exercise

During the exercise, simulated operational centre displays for several large airlines were demonstrated in real time. Re-routing of selected individual flights was demonstrated and a first integration of ash cloud information in the map display of the system. Selected flights were played back in real and in fast time via USBG’s NAVSIM, connected to a PC flight simulator to show both the operation in an ATC centre and in the cockpit. It was demonstrated that the trajectory successfully avoided the ash cloud in the most economical way, even in complex ash-cloud / airway situations (airways only provide a very limited set of possible flight paths). Since cost rises sharply already with low ash concentrations, the ash cloud was often avoided entirely.


1. In future natural disasters, cost and disruption of air traffic can be eliminated to a great extent by introducing hi-resolution model simulations and cost-based trajectory optimizations.

2. Continuous monitoring, modeling and optimizing for aerosols like ash, sand, dust, high altitude ice and SO2 can significantly reduce engine maintenance cost for airline operators and engine manufacturers.

Overall, because of the attendance of a wide range of interdisciplinary competence ranging from data observers and modelers to simulators, dispatchers and aviation experts from both the civil and military side, the EUNADICS-AV demonstration exercises represented a great opportunity in groundbreaking interactive discussions in the event of an actual disaster affecting the aviation sector.

Picture overview of the exercise


EUNADICS-AV successfully presented its results to the EC

After 18 months of project work, the European Commission reviewed the EUNADICS-AV activities and progress. This official mid-term review meeting took place on the 21st of June 2018 in Brussels at premises of DG RTD. Based on the individual work-packages presentations’, accomplished deliverables and milestones and the feedback from external reviewers and the projects user and advisory board, the consortium could meet the expectations of the EC and successfully completed reporting period 1.

For the 2nd phase of the project, the project consortium will follow the recommendation to foster the integration of DG-MOVE and SESAR as important stakeholder and furthermore to enhanced media and dissemination activities to raise the awareness level of the project in the respective user communities.

Overview of upcoming meetings

Final Assembly

The final meeting of the project will be held over 3 days at the premises of Meteo France in Toulouse.

10-11-(12) September 2019

@ Meteo France’s premises in Toulouse, France

Registration and more information on the programme can be found here.