DYNAMIC SIMULATION STUDY AND EVALUATION OF A PROPOSED AIR TRAFFIC PROCEDURAL PLAN AND CONTROL EQUIPMENT CONFIGURATION FOR THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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A simulation and evaluation study was made of a proposed procedural plan for the operation and control of instrument flight rule IFR air traffic in the Washington D. C. area. An optimum procedural plan was developed by simulation and modification of the proposed plan this plan was then tested with three different IFR control room equipment configurations. The first of the equipment tests utilized a terminal area IFR room configuration proposed for location in Hangar 6 at Washington National Airport in the space presently occupied by the Air Route Traffic Control Center. Two other configurations were tested which integrated terminal control with en route control, one an In-Line and the other a Butterfly equipment arrangement. The two integrated configurations were proposed for installation in the new Center building at Leesburg, Va. The modified procedural plan functioned properly with the traffic density simulated under all three equipment configurations, with approximately the same number of aircraft movements. Over-all coordination was easier and controller workload was less under the Butterfly configuration. Separate tests were made of Andrews Air Force Base IFR and VFR traffic with increased density.
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