A New Approach to an Automated Air Traffic Control

In this paper, the authors identify areas of improvements of the Air Traffic Control System and propose a modification of the concept of automation by using available technologies. With the modification they propose, the current Europe-wide en route network structure can be modified in order to make routes more optimal. For this new route network structure, a new concept of automation will be used for managing the air traffic. The first identified area of improvement is the implementation of the automation process that will enable decentralization of the Air Traffic Control functionality to each individual aircraft and this will be achieved through the automated routing of the aircrafts and Conflict Detection and Resolution (CD&R). The Flight Management System (FMS) of the aircraft will make decisions for the optimal flight route based on the sensor inputs and information on selection of the routes, next hope points and flight levels, all these received by Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The second area is processing the information about the deviation from the optimal route as in the flight plan due to traffic management (vectoring, level change) and taking it into consideration when further actions are undertaken. For each action a cost factor will be calculated from the fuel burned for that action. This factor will be used for selecting a conflict resolution protocol. The proposed concept shall increase the capacity of the network, and enable more efficient, safe and more environmental friendly air traffic.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 459-462
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of First International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering (ICTTE)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598450
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9788691615307
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 19 2016 7:29PM