Optimal routing of aircraft around closed airspace in free flight

van Balen, C and Bil, C 2007, 'Optimal routing of aircraft around closed airspace in free flight', in Proceedings of the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii, 18-21 August 2008.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Optimal routing of aircraft around closed airspace in free flight
Author(s) van Balen, C
Bil, C
Year 2007
Conference name AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2008
Conference location Honolulu, Hawaii
Conference dates 18-21 August 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2008
Publisher American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Place of publication Reston, VA
Abstract Currently, airspace users have little influence in determining alternative routes in the case of airspace closure. Traffic managers have little understanding of how a re-route might affect airspace users. The decisions they make are based on safety, not necessarily on efficiency (especially from the user's point of view). Some tools have been developed to aid traffic managers in decision making, but since authority with the current air traffic control system still lies with 'ground-based' Air Traffic Control (ATC), regarding safety as the only goal to be achieved, none of them led to a truly optimal solution for the 'air-based' airspace users. This is where the combination of the concept of free flight and a re-routing tool can be a very powerful one in the future: moving authority and responsibility for re-routing from the ground to the air, thus yielding an optimal solution for all users involved. The main goal of this research project is to analyze optimal rerouting options of aircraft in a free flight environment in the case of airspace closure, develop software for rerouting aircraft around the closed airspace (including a module for conflict resolution on its rim) and demonstrate the software's feasibility and potential for installation onboard future 'free flight' aircraft.
Subjects Optimisation
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