Flight trajectory optimization for an efficient air transportation system

Navinda Kithmal Wickramasinghe, Akinori Harada, Yoshikazu Miyazawa

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Abstract

An efficient, reliable and futuristic Air Transportation System (ATS) is the key to handle the anticipated rapid changes in the aviation industry over the next few decades. Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) could be considered as one of the most significant solutions to cater for these problems. This paper discusses the development of a 4D optimal flight trajectory based on aircraft performance, weather forecasts, Air Traffic Control (ATC) database and aircraft operational data. Dynamic Programming is utilized in the optimization process for its qualities of avoiding iterative calculations, predicting the required amount of calculations and feasibility of applying inequality constraint conditions. Optimal flight trajectories were generated for a single aircraft for its climb, cruise and descent phases in a provided 4D grid platform based on a busy domestic flight route, between Tokyo (Haneda) and Fukuoka. Flight data were recorded on a commercial GPS data logger inside an airliner cabin and used to compare with optimum solutions obtained from the model. Consumed fuel consumption and flight time were evaluated to understand the benefits gained by the optimization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012
Pages4399-4410
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012
Event28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Sep 23 2012Sep 28 2012

Publication series

Name28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012
Volume6

Other

Other28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period9/23/129/28/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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    Wickramasinghe, N. K., Harada, A., & Miyazawa, Y. (2012). Flight trajectory optimization for an efficient air transportation system. In 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012 (pp. 4399-4410). (28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012; Vol. 6).