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Mathematica Fast-Time Modeling for Air Traffic Safety

Jeffery Musiak
Mike Ulrey

Wolfram Technology Conference 2013
Conference location

Champaign, Illinois, USA

At Boeing, we have been developing tools for the safety analysis of new aircraft operations being introduced into the National Airspace System (NAS) as part of the FAA's NextGen initiative. NextGen covers a very wide range of improvements to the NAS, but we have focused our attention on closely spaced parallel operations (CSPO) that take advantage of a standard for aircraft navigation performance called Required Navigation Performance (RNP). This capability shifts a large part of the responsibility to maintain a prescribed trajectory from the air traffic controllers to the aircraft itself. We have been using Mathematica as an integral part of our analysis toolbox, using it for fast-time simulations of aircraft on approaches to parallel runways. We will discuss a particular aspect of this analysis related to the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), required on all aircraft that carry more than 19 passengers.

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