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Introduction of UAVs into Airport Ground Operations

Trempler, Christian and Temme, Marco-Michael (2016) Introduction of UAVs into Airport Ground Operations. DLR-Interner Bericht. DLR-IB-FL-BS-2016-59. Diploma. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR). 79 S.

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The ongoing growth of the air transport system demands technological and operational progress. A promising field of research with potential for development in terms of capacity, safety, and environmental impact is the airport area. Several studies are currently undertaken to merge the improvements of arrival-, departure-, and surface management systems into conclusive concepts like Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) and Total Airport Management (TAM). The target of this thesis is to propose the utilization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the airport area and to put it in the context to the mentioned concepts. After presenting the state of the art in UAS-technology, applications, and the current legal situation, four use cases are discussed. These include the visual inspection of runways, bird control and a tactical guidance component for advanced surface movement guidance and control systems (A-SMGCS). The possible replacement of today’s human-driven Follow-Me-Cars by means of UAS is studied in more detail. A survey conducted among airport officials pointed out that marshalling and Follow Me procedures are rarely standardised. Instead, their non-standard character requires decision making that may be difficult to be carried out by computerised equipment. Subsequently, the other use cases with more potential for automation through UAS are elaborated in detail. These can be found in an environment with implemented surface management systems and a requirement for execution of time-based trajectories. Finally, an assessment of the risks and possible benefits of the employment of UAS within airports and a conclusive evaluation on the feasibility of the proposed UAS operation is given.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/103477/
Document Type:Monograph (DLR-Interner Bericht, Diploma)
Title:Introduction of UAVs into Airport Ground Operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Temme, Marco-MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2446-5489UNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Number of Pages:79
Keywords:RPAS, UFO, Airport, Runway Inspection, Bird Control, Surface Guidance Device
Institution:Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
Department:Institut für Flugführung
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Controller Assistance
Deposited By: Temme, Dr.rer.nat. Marco-Michael
Deposited On:18 Mar 2016 17:27
Last Modified:28 Mar 2023 23:45

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