A Flow-based Flight Scheduler for En-route Air Traffic Management
Date of Issue2016
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Air Traffic Management Research Institute
This paper addresses a network-wide scheduling problem for generating, adjusting and optimizing flight schedules in en-route airspace. The aim of scheduling is twofold: to support flight plans by providing flight schedules reliable on optimal flow restrictions; and to assist en-route traffic control by ensuring safe and ordered trajectory of traffic. Firstly, we design an algorithm to generate continuous-time flight schedules based on discrete-time flow assignments of aircrafts. This algorithm is further enhanced with consideration of sequence optimization for merging traffic. A flight scheduling system has been developed in a simulation environment.
air traffic flow management
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