Airport Availability Modelling: A Different Perspective

This paper proposes a systems-level approach to airport and runway availability assessments and prediction, and also addresses the problem of the aging or continuous degradation of aviation infrastructure. Although the availability block diagrams are often used in the assessment of aerospace and electronic systems, their application to the airport availability problem on a system level, developed in this study, is novel. The proposed methodology is intended for short- and long-term planning of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) equipment acquisition, and investment and modernization decisions. A better understanding of the effects of equipment outages on airport availability is critical in determining necessary levels of airport equipment and reliability, particularly during critical operating conditions such as bad weather and increased traffic demand. With the proposed methodology, an analyst can precisely quantify the additional level of airport availability achieved by upgrading or adding new pieces of CNS equipment.


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  • Accession Number: 01076398
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 10:47AM