The Effect of Aircraft Characteristics on Airport Categorization and Airside Configurations

Aircraft can be categorized based on their characteristics such as external dimensions, weights and speeds. At present airports are classified based on the category of the most demanding type of aircraft it is designed to handle. The airside configurations of airports are designed accordingly. However, an airport may not necessarily experience a large proportion of the most demanding category of aircraft which it is designed for. Designing the entire airside configuration for the most demanding aircraft could result in sub-optimal conditions. It is important to consider the proportions of different aircraft categories that the airport is expected to handle when designing various components of the airside configuration. Establishing a categorization system for airports based on such a criterion could be beneficial in preparing design standards for airport. A logical attempt to develop an airport categorization system based on proportions of aircraft categories that an airport is expected to handle presented. In order to do so, established systems of aircraft categorizations are analyzed, their interrelationships are determined and the possibilities of combining them are explored.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18[
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043895
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-2361
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:02PM