This study estimates and compares the fuel savings potential of each of five fuel conservation ideas which, if adopted, would require significant changes to the Federal Air Regulations or in the way the air traffic control system operates. The five ideas are (1) absorb landing delays before leaving en route airspace, (2) permit cleaner, higher speed approach and landing procedures, (3) lower the altitude restriction on the 250 knot speed limit in TCAs, (4) increase the number of flight levels above 29,000 feet, and (5) eliminate fixed cruise or crossing altitude restrictions. Comparative estimates of the fuel-saving potential of each of these ideas are developed, both on a per-flight basis and on an annual national basis. For three of the more promising ideas, the potential implementation problems and possible solutions are identified and explored. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    MITRE Corporation

    Bedford, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Mohleji, S C
    • RUCKER, R A
    • Horowitz, B M
    • Eaddy, N O
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 154 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MTR-7849, FAA-EM-78-14
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA78WA-4075
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 2002 12:00AM