A Gaussian process based decision support tool for air traffic management

Willem J. Eerland, Simon Box, Hans Fangohr, Andras Sobester
2017 17th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference   unpublished
Technological developments in the last decade have shifted challenges in traffic flow management from obtaining and storing data, to analysing and presenting the enormous amount of available trajectory data in a comprehensible manner. This paper introduces a novel approach to visualising air-traffic, shifting the focus from displaying traffic density, towards directly visualising the flight corridors used by air-traffic. Such an approach is suitable for visualising air-traffic in three
more » ... s, which is particularly helpful in the vicinity of an airport where the air-traffic often changes level. Furthermore, the approach is data-driven, allowing the comparison of multiple trajectory datasets in order to identify changes in traffic corridors related to changing air-traffic and weather conditions. Finally, by using the probabilistic nature of the approach, it is possible to quantify the air-traffic complexity in terms of the traffic structure. The results presented in this paper show the approach applied to a trajectory dataset as measured by ground-radar near Denver airport (DEN).
doi:10.2514/6.2017-4264 fatcat:pt4ydq6e4fcgzegfmpa4qdla7a