Accession Number:

AD0425130

Title:

EFFECTS OF WEATHER ON AIRPORT CAPACITY.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 16 Feb 60-31 Dec 61,

Corporate Author:

AIRBORNE INSTRUMENTS LAB DEER PARK N Y

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Report Date:

1963-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

On the basis of movement data for 681 days at Idlewild and aircraft spacing data from Idlewild and OHare Airports, the effects of various weather conditions on airport capacity were analyzed. The movement data was used to show how wind and ceiling visibility influence runway choice and the type of aircraft demanding service, which, in turn, affect airport capacity. An analysis of the movement rate versus the calculated IFR capacity led to the isolation of a variation in capacity in relation to a weather factor. This factor, called the Ceiling Visibility Factor CVF, was defined as the product of ceiling and visibility and, on the basis of available data, was plotted as a function of a percentage of calculated IFR capacity. An analysis of spacing data, taken on days when weather was a factor in aircraft operations, was used to identify a special arrival-spacing situation that occurs at large air-carrier airports when all large aircraft always use IFR separation. An accumulation of weather sensitive spacing factors was begun. A possible means of applying the results of this project to problems of flow control and air-traffic metering for future automated terminal air-traffic control systems has been analyzed. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE