FLOW CONTROL - AN INVESTIGATION OF A TECHNIQUE FOR PREDICTING DEMAND AND SERVICE AT THE TERMINAL FACILITY.
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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The concept of the flow control function as a part of the Air Traffic Control ATC system includes a requirement for information about the volume of air traffic demand on the ATC system relative to the systems capacity for servicing such a demand. Furthermore, the information is needed sufficiently far in future time to permit action to be taken when a serious imbalance is predicted. The demand prediction process described in this report was based on two related hypotheses a air traffic demand on an airport is repetitive in nature such that historical operations data would be useful as a predictor and b operations information known to the Air Traffic Control ATC system would be a useful predictor. A computer program was developed which permitted joint use of the two predictors and, using sample data from a test case Washington National airport, the prediction model was evaluated. A companion program which was designed to provide service predictions took into account such environmental factors as weather and runway configuration. Author
- Commercial and General Aviation
- Computer Programming and Software
- Air Navigation and Guidance