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Airport Configuration Prediction

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101 Dulles, VA 20166-2335
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Airport Configuration Prediction
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA04BA54C
Award Amount: $69,870.00


There is presently poor knowledge throughout the National Airspace System (NAS) of the airport configurations currently in use at each airport. There is even less information about expected future configuration changes. The airport configuration is a primary factor in various airport characteristics such as arrival and departure capacities and terminal area traffic patterns. These characteristics, in turn, are central to a variety of Air Traffic Management (ATM) decisions, such as setting arrival restrictions to avoid airborne holding. Consequently, uncertainty about the current or future airport configuration can result in traffic management decisions that under-utilize or overload airports, resulting in unnecessary or inefficient delays. Moreover, air carriers would make use of configuration information. FedEx, for example, selects parking gates for arrivals to Memphis based on expected departure runways to minimize taxi congestion and time. The proposed effort will develop an airport configuration recognition and prediction system. The airport configuration depends on a variety of factors; Phase 1 will consider local weather, arrival and departure demand, noise restrictions, and airport-specific considerations.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Stephen Atkins
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Seth Blackwell
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metron Aviation, Inc.
131 Elden Street, Suite 200 Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 311775336
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No