SOME MATHEMATICAL ASPECTS OF AIR TRAFFIC SYSTEMS

The application of the theory of queues to air traffic control is discussed, and the importance is noted of random perturbations due to late arrival of aircraft, and how traffic schedules in an airway network can best be adjusted to minimize delays due to congestion on certain routes. The theory of queues is explained and time varying queues are described. The randomness in air traffic systems, the effect of reduction in randomness, and the effect of randomness on the design of air traffic systems are discussed. Schedule planning and a computer process which demonstrates how a given demand schedule can be smoothed down to a given target flow in an optimum way and also give an indication of the schedule-upset penalty involved is described. An irregular schedule traffic fed into a node where there is a single constraint is discussed as well as a more complex air traffic system with many constraints. The optimization of the system and further improvements are also discussed.

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    Royal Institute of Navigation

    Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
    London SW7,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Attwool, V W
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Accession Number: 00173847
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Journal of Navigation
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM