Algorithms for Combining Airspace Sectors

Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC) can increase user and service provider efficiency by changing how the national airspace is divided into sectors. This paper describes and analyzes two algorithms for systematically combining underutilized sectors, reducing air traffic control resource requirements and supporting operational decisions. Maximum instantaneous aircraft count is used as the measure of utilization. Capacity of the combined sectors is determined by comparing the Monitor Alert Parameter (MAP) value of the sectors being combined and setting it to the larger MAP value. One algorithm is a heuristic that can significantly reduce both high altitude and low altitude sector hours. A second heuristic algorithm for combining groups of sectors also achieves significant reductions. Employees at Cleveland Center indicate that both algorithms could be immediately useful.

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  • Authors:
    • Bloem, Michael
    • Gupta, Pramod
    • Kopardekar, Parimal
  • Publication Date: 2009


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 245-268
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  • Accession Number: 01142678
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2009 7:06PM