A comparison of an intensity control measure versus dynamic density to capture complexity within a sector

Chittayong Surakitbanharn, Caitlin Surakitbanharn, Steven Landry

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Abstract

A new control measure called “intensity” is an air traffic management concept to aid air traffic controllers in managing the 2x-3x capacity demands of NextGen. Using intensity as a complexity metric potentially addresses several gaps left open by dynamic density including: (1) a direct mapping of various airspace and air traffic characteristics (complexity) to controller workload (however defined), (2) a real-time resolution to potential air traffic conflicts, and (3) a non-linear mapping of aircraft action to complexity. Accurately capturing complexity is one way to prevent air traffic system inefficiencies through workload overestimation or reduced system safety through workload underestimation. This paper utilizes air traffic data to compare intensity and dynamic density complexity metrics in increased traffic environments. It is first found that intensity is a viable alternative to dynamic density as a complexity metric. Additionally, intensity gives air traffic controllers real-time insight into aircraft pairs that are at highest risk of a short-notice safety violation whereas dynamic density does not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103698
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Event15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2015 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2015Jun 26 2015

Publication series

Name15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference

Conference

Conference15th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2015
CountryUnited States
CityDallas
Period6/22/156/26/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering

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