National Airspace System Exploratory Assessment for Year 2005
Technical note, Jul-Sep 1993
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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This report documents the exploratory assessment of the National Airspace System NAS for the year 2005. The National Airspace System Performance Analysis Capability NASPAC Simulation Modeling System SMS was used to simulate the future air traffic control ATC system. Airport improvements expected to be completed by the year 2005 were based on the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems NPIAS and future air traffic demand was based on the 1991 Terminal Area Forecast TAF. Results of the analysis showed an increase in system-wide delay of 4.3 minutes-per-aircraft over 1990 levels, resulting in 13.2 billion 1992 dollars in total delay cost for the year 2005. The analysis showed that airfield capacity limitations are the major cause of delay that is projected for the future ATC system. Airports which we anticipate to have the largest increase in delay over current levels are located in Southern California and southern Florida. The results suggest that more emphasis should be placed on acquisition investments that alleviate airfield congestion.
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Air Navigation and Guidance