FastGate - Autonomy on the airport apron


The aviation industry faces a challenging task in light of the pressing need for decarbonization. With increasing awareness of the impact of aviation on the environment, it has become imperative to find innovative solutions to reduce CO2 emissions and minimize noise levels. One of the key challenges lies in optimizing overall flight operations, with secondary activities such as aircraft taxiing on the apron playing a crucial role. In this context, the use of alternative engines is a promising option to reduce environmental impact and operating costs.


The "FastGate" project has set itself the ambitious goal of significantly improving the efficiency and environmental compatibility of flight operations at commercial airports. The main objectives of the project are to drastically reduce aircraft idle time on the apron, cut operating costs and minimize CO2 emissions and noise levels. This is to be achieved by automating processes on the airport apron. A key starting point is the automation of electric taxiing of aircraft, enabling more efficient and faster handling processes.

Another significant goal of FastGate is the implementation of innovative technologies such as automated passenger boarding bridges and green propulsion systems on the landing gear of commercial aircraft. These measures open up new opportunities for process optimization and more efficient operations at commercial airports. The project covers the entire value chain from initial development to validation of the implemented solutions.

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Project duration:
06/2022 - 05/2025
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Principal Investigators

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Prof. Dr. René Fahr

Paderborn University

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roman Dumitrescu

Advanced Systems Engineering / Heinz Nixdorf Institut

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