In this project the development and deployment of systems measuring aircraft activity at airports is considered. This includes determining the type of aircraft and the type of aircraft activity. The type of aircraft is basic such as helicopter, single engine, multiengine, and jet aircraft. The different aircraft activities at airports include take-offs, landings, touch and go and low approach. Accurate counts of aircraft operations are important because the number and types of aircraft operations are related to airport planning and operation. The objective of this project was to investigate the feasibility of developing an automatic aircraft operation monitoring system. This involved investigating candidate technologies and developing a prototype system for monitoring aircraft operations. In large airports with control tower operations, one can readily determine aircraft operations because the towers are always manned and logs are kept of all operations. This is not true at smaller and rural airports that may be only manned during certain hours. Some of the issues involved in deploying technologies for monitoring aircraft operations include: the system must be cost-effective, reliable and portable, must operate self-contained in the field for two weeks, and must be acceptable at airports.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70813

    Louisiana Transportation Research Center

    4101 Gourrier Avenue
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Harlow, C
  • Publication Date: 2003-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 63 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00962848
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/LA.03/343,, LTRC PN 95-8SS,, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: Project No. 736-99-0241
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 12 2003 12:00AM