Applications of the Simulation Model for Air Traffic Control Communications.
Interim rept. Jul 74-Jul 75,
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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This report contains a review of the GPSS simulation program for air traffic control ATC communications, its structure, validation, and applications. The model, constructed using ATC communications data from the New York Center, was checked against ATC communications data from Houston with excellent results. Studies of the applications of the model are described with respect to communications capacity and queuing, the effects of reducing the number of transmissions per transaction, the effects of tone-bursts of different duration, the sensitivity of communication responses to changes in various input variables, etc. The construction of general simulations for sector types, as opposed to individual sectors, is described. This work may be of special significance to the simulations of oceanic communications performance. The problems, and some of the progress, in combining sector functions into networks analogous to a communications center are discussed. The multi-dimensional aspects of sector communications are simplified through the construction of new indices. Queuing time analyses and forecasting for ATC communications are reported. Author
- Air Navigation and Guidance
- Voice Communications