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Traffic synchronization in terminal airspace to enable continuous descent operations in trombone sequencing and merging procedures: An implementation study for Frankfurt airport

Author
Saez, R.; Prats, X.; Polishchuk, T.; Polishchuk, V.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Transportation research. Part C, emerging technologies
Date of publication
2020-12
Volume
121
Number
C121
First page
1
Last page
23
DOI
10.1016/j.trc.2020.102875
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/334136 Open in new window
URL
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0968090X20307750 Open in new window
Abstract
This paper proposes to enhance the current tromboning paradigm with a four dimensional trajectory negotiation and synchronization process with the aim to maximise the number of neutral Continuous descent operations (CDOs, descents with idle thrust and no speed-brakes usage) achieved by the arriving traffic in terminal maneuvering areas (TMAs). An optimal control problem has been formulated and solved in order to generate a set of candidate CDO trajectories per aircraft, while a mixed-integer-l...
Citation
Saez, R. [et al.]. Traffic synchronization in terminal airspace to enable continuous descent operations in trombone sequencing and merging procedures: An implementation study for Frankfurt airport. "Transportation research. Part C, emerging technologies", Desembre 2020, vol. 121, núm. C121, p. 1-23.
Keywords
Air traffic management, Continuous descent operations, Required time of arrival, Traffic synchronization, Trajectory optimization, Tromboning
Group of research
ICARUS - Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems

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