Multi-center traffic management advnsor: Operatinoal test results

Todd C. Farley, Steven J. Landry, Ty Hoang, Monicarol Nickelson, Kerry M. Levin, Dennis Rowe, Jerry D. Welch

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Abstract

Time-based metering is an efficient air traffic management alternative to the more common practice of distance-based metering (or "miles-in-trail spacing"). The efficiency benefit is most pronounced where air traffic flows merge, such as in terminal airspace, at enroute choke points, overhead merge points, or where severe-weather avoidance routes converge - the primary bottlenecks in today's system. To date, the practice of time-based metering in the United States has been confined to arrival airspace, and only in less-constrained regions, such as the West and South, in part due to limitations in the national airspace system infrastructure. Thus, time-based metering has not been available to redress the most critical bottlenecks in the national airspace system and, coincidently, those where time-based metering would be most advantageous. This paper discusses a prototype time-based metering system designed to overcome limitations of the national airspace system to produce a more versatile and scalable time-based metering capability. Results of a live, operational field test are presented which validate that the prototype - the Multi-center Traffic Management Advisor - can extend time-based metering operations beyond the terminal area to improve traffic flow at critical bottlenecks en route and on departure. In the field test, which focused specifically on Philadelphia-bound traffic in four Air Route Traffic Control Centers, airborne delay and airborne holding were significantly less when Multi-center Traffic Management Advisor was in use relative to control periods. The results demonstrate that the Multi-center Traffic Management Advisor is effective in coordinating time-based metering programs among adjacent air traffic control facilities, even in the complex Northeast corridor of the United States. This is a necessary step toward addressing the most critical air traffic bottlenecks in the national airspace system. Potential for nationwide time-based metering and its implications for the next-generation air transportation system also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA 5th ATIO and the AIAA 16th Lighter-than-Air Systems Technology Conference and Balloon Systems Conference
PublisherAmerican Inst. Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1563477408, 9781563477409
StatePublished - 2005
EventAIAA 5th Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, ATIO and the AIAA 16th Lighter-than-Air Systems Technology Conference and Balloon Systems Conference - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2005Sep 28 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA 5th ATIO and the AIAA 16th Lighter-than-Air Systems Technology Conference and Balloon Systems Conference
Volume1

Conference

ConferenceAIAA 5th Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, ATIO and the AIAA 16th Lighter-than-Air Systems Technology Conference and Balloon Systems Conference
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period9/26/059/28/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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