Communications Project

Document Type:Master's Thesis
Name:Alexander B. Suchkov
Title:Investigation Into Free Flight Impact On Air Traffic Control
Degree:Master of Science
Department:Civil Engineering
Committee Chair: Dr. Antonio A. Trani
Committee Members:Dr. Donald R. Drew
Dr. Antoine Hobeika
Keywords:Free Flight, Air Traffic Control, Aircraft
Date of defense:April 17, 1998
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This thesis deals with innovative concept of air traffic operations such as Free Flight. First, a baseline is established to determine how controllers operate under the current operation guidelines. Then flight trajectories are developed for different alternatives to the Free Flight operational concept. Finally, a comparison of these Free Flight alternatives with current operational concept is conducted to investigate an impact of Free Flight on Air Traffic Control. With the powerful features of optimization, graphics, and hierarchical modeling, the MATLAB toolboxes proved to be effective in the modeling process involved in this research.

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