Follow-the-Greens: The Controllers’ Point of View Results from a SESAR Real Time Simulation with Controllers

  • Karsten StraubeEmail author
  • Marcus Roßbach
  • Björn D. Vieten
  • Kerstin Hahn
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 484)


Although pilots are often supported by signage, markings and lighting when taxiing on the airport surface, navigation and monitoring remain workload intense tasks even in good weather conditions. Radio communication is near capacity limits on many airports today resulting in waiting times and delay. Apart from well-known safety issues this also constitutes a negative impact on the environment. The European aviation research program SESAR addressed this problem and came up with a solution: A new surface traffic management concept proposes the automated use of Airfield Ground Lighting with individually switched green taxiway centerline lights indicating the path to be followed. This paper presents official validation results indicating that SESAR developed a safer, quicker and greener surface traffic management concept.


Human factors Airfield ground lighting Follow-the-Greens Safety Air traffic control Airport operations 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karsten Straube
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marcus Roßbach
    • 2
  • Björn D. Vieten
    • 3
  • Kerstin Hahn
    • 3
  1. 1.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.BrunswickGermany
  2. 2.Munich AirportMünchen-FlughafenGermany
  3. 3.FRAPORT AGFrankfurtGermany

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