CONTROLLING WITH SASS : COMPUTING POWER TAKES THE 'GRUNT' WORK OUT OF ASSIGNING LANDING SLOTS AT BUSY AIRPORTS

Airport acceptance rates (AAR) as they change can contribute to aircraft arrival and departure bottlenecks. Through the use of metering and scheduling tools that calculate and update arrival times, delays can be reduced and arrival flows optimized. This article describes a Scheduling and Sequencing System (SASS) that is scheduled for testing at the Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, followed by further testing at the Vancouver and Calgary International Airports. The manual tasks leading to and including calculated landing slots for aircraft will be taken over by the SASS which can rewrite arrival flow schedules, tight en up separation, and equitably distribute delays among all aircraft. This article describes the various features of the SASS and gives a detailed overview of how calculations are derived. Results from a simulation study examining the potential benefits of a new metering tool showed that an aircraft could save up to 5.8 minutes, depending upon the AAR, in comparison to the manual metering systems currently used by controllers.

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    • August/September 2005
  • Corporate Authors:

    Key Publishing, Limited

    P.O. Box 100
    Stamford,   United Kingdom  PE9 1XQ
  • Authors:
    • McCormick, C
  • Publication Date: 2005-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 34-35
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  • Accession Number: 01005550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 1:59PM