The effects of the uncertainty of departures on multi-cener traffic management advisor scheduling

Jane Thipphavong, Steven J. Landry

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Abstract

The Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor (McTMA) provides a platform for regional or national traffic flow management. It allows long-range, cooperative, time-based metering to constrained resources, such as airports or air route traffic control center boundaries. Part of the demand for resources is composed of proposed departures, whose actual departure time is difficult to predict. For this reason, McTMA does not schedule the departures in advance, but rather relies on traffic managers to input their requested departure time. Because this action occurs only a short time before the aircraft's actual departure, McTMA may be unable to accurately predict the amount of delay airborne aircraft need to accommodate the departures. This study provides a preliminary analysis on the effects proposed departures have on airborne delay for a 400 nautical mile metering horizon. Results indicate that within this range, delays needed by airborne aircraft to accommodate these proposed departures are feasible for controllers to handle. However, McTMA needs to be extended beyond its current metering limits to support traffic flow management nationwide. As the metering horizon increases, the proportion of demand that is comprised of such proposed departures increases. Supporting data shows that a rise in the number of proposed departures worsens the effect on airborne delays.

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
Pages16-25
Number of pages10
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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