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1. (WO2018224693) SYSTÈME ET PROCÉDÉ D'ATTRIBUTION D'UN CRÉNEAU HORAIRE D'ATTERRISSAGE À UN AÉRONEF EN VOL
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Claims

1 . A computer implemented method for allocating a landing time slot to an aircraft inflight; the method comprising:

receiving a flight plan for an aircraft;

sending a message from the aircraft to an operations controller containing details of the time that the aircraft was airborne;

relaying the message from the operations controller to a slot allocator;

analysing by the slot allocator the airborne time of aircraft and variable data;

calculating by the slot allocator a specific time period that the aircraft should reach a predetermined geographical position; and

allocating a landing time slot while the aircraft is inflight based on the calculation.

2. The method of claim 1 ; wherein the landing time slot is allocated within a predetermined time period after the aircraft being airborne.

3. The method of claim 2; wherein the landing time slot is allocated within three minutes or less after the aircraft is airborne.

4. The method of any one of claims 1 to 4; further comprising reallocating the landing time slot if the aircraft is not expected to reach the predetermined geographical position at the specific time.

5. The method of claim 4; wherein the landing time slot is reallocated in response to a change in the variable data.

6. The method of claim 5; wherein the variable data comprises at least one of weather, airfield congestion, operational delays, real-time parameters, or other variable parameters.

7. The method of any one of claims 1 to 6; further comprising instructing the aircraft to be at the predetermined geographical position at the specific time period.

8. The method of any one of claims 1 to 7; further comprising instructing the aircraft to land at a destination airport during the allocated landing time slot without the aircraft entering a holding pattern.

9. The method of any one of the preceding claims; further comprising wherein an initial landing time slot is allocated to the aircraft prior to take off.

10. The method of claim 9; further comprising determining that the initial landing time slot is not compatible with an arrival time of the aircraft based on the analysis by the smart slot allocator.

1 1 . The method of claim 10; further comprising initiating an algorithm to search for an alternative landing time slot from a repository containing a plurality of available landing time slots.

12. The method of any one of the preceding claims; wherein the allocated landing time slot is determined by the algorithm.

13. The method of claim 1 further comprising receiving a notification indicating the aircraft's arrival time at the predetermined geographical position.

14. The method of claim 13 further comprising determining that the allocated landing time slot is not compatible with an arrival time of the aircraft at the predetermined geographical position.

15. The method of claim 14 further comprising reinitiating the slot assignment algorithm to search for an alternative landing time slot while the aircraft is inflight.

16. A system for allocating a landing time slot to an aircraft inflight; the system comprising:

means for receiving a flight plan for an aircraft;

means for sending a message from the aircraft to an operations controller containing details of the time that the aircraft was airborne;

means for relaying the message from the operations controller to a slot allocator;

means for analysing by the slot allocator the airborne time of aircraft and variable data; means for calculating by the slot allocator a specific time period that the aircraft should reach a predetermined geographical position; and

means for allocating a landing time slot while the aircraft is inflight based on the calculation.

17. The system of claim 16; wherein the landing time slot is allocated within a predetermined time period after the aircraft is airborne.

18. The system of claim 17; wherein the landing time slot is allocated within three minutes or less after the aircraft is airborne.

19. The system of any one of claims 16 to 18; further comprising means for reallocating the landing time slot if the aircraft is not expected to reach the predetermined geographical position at the specific time.

20. The system of claim 19; wherein the landing time slot is reallocated in response to a change in the variable data.

21 . The system of claim 20; wherein the variable data comprises at least one of weather, airfield congestion, operational delays, or other variable parameters.

22. The system of any one of claims 15 to 21 ; further comprising means for instructing the aircraft to be at the predetermined geographical position at the specific time period.

23. The system of any one of claims 15 to 22; further comprising means for instructing the aircraft to land at a destination airport during the allocated landing slot without the aircraft entering a holding pattern.

24. An article of manufacture comprising a processor-readable medium having embodied therein executable program code that when executed by the processing device causes the processing device to perform:

receiving a flight plan for an aircraft;

sending a message from the aircraft to an operations controller containing details of the time that the aircraft was airborne;

relaying the message from the operations controller to a slot allocator;

analysing by the slot allocator the airborne time of aircraft and variable data;

calculating by the slot allocator a specific time period that the aircraft should reach a predetermined geographical position; and

allocating a landing time slot while the aircraft is inflight based on the calculation.