Airport Configuration Prediction

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,870.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNA04BA54C
Agency Tracking Number:
033545
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A3.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
131 Elden Street, Suite 200, Herndon, VA, 20170-4758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118463475
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Atkins
Principal Investigator
(978) 692-9484
atkins@metronaviation.com
Business Contact:
Seth Blackwell
Director of Contracts
(703) 787-8700
blackwell@metronaviation.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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