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Airport Configuration Planner with Optimized Weather Forecasts

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83950
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
065904
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2007
Title: Airport Configuration Planner with Optimized Weather Forecasts
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX07CA12P
Award Amount: $99,955.00
 

Abstract:

The core planning algorithms to support the NGATS concepts will need accurate predictions of airport configuration over planning horizons of six hours or more. Such predictions are not currently feasible because the configuration often is not completely determined by factors such as weather forecasts, future demand, and noise restrictions that might be input to an automated predictor. When this is the case, the air traffic control tower personnel choose between the feasible configurations based on factors such as staffing issues and individual controller preferences. Furthermore, the primary meteorological forecasts currently available to the tower are not adequate to enable accurate runway usage prediction. In fact, they often fail to predict required changes in flow direction, causing reactive rather than proactive airport configuration management. In this SBIR, Metron Aviation and WSI Corporation will jointly develop an airport configuration planner incorporating optimized weather forecasts to assist tower controllers in planning runway usage more accurately at longer time horizons than currently possible and to communicate the plan to appropriate National Airspace System (NAS) stakeholders and planning systems. The optimization algorithms in this decision support tool will improve resource allocation not only at individual airports but also over all airports in a metropolitan area.

Principal Investigator:

Laurel R. Stell
Principal Investigator
7032340796
stell@metronaviation.com

Business Contact:

David A. Gaul
Business Official
7037878700
gaul@metronaviation.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101 Dulles, VA 20166

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