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First results on flight rules and conflict avoidance maneuvers for a sectorless ATM concept

Birkmeier, Bettina and Edinger, Christiane and Tittel, Sebastian and Korn, Bernd and Kügler, Dirk (2011) First results on flight rules and conflict avoidance maneuvers for a sectorless ATM concept. In: Proceedings of the Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference 2011, J4-1. Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, 10.-12. Mai 2011, Herndon, VA, USA. ISBN 978-1-4577-0591-5

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The idea of sectorless ATM (Air Traffic Management) envisages the airspace as a whole instead of dividing it into sectors. The dismissal of sectors, however, necessitates the definition of a complete and unambiguous set of flight rules in order to regulate which aircraft has to introduce an avoidance maneuver in case of a conflict. This paper describes the research on flight rules conducted within DLR’s research project on sectorless ATM and describes the developed rule set in detail. Since in a sectorless concept only one specified aircraft amongst the ones in conflict is responsible for the conflict resolution different kinds of avoidance maneuvers than nowadays are necessary. This paper specifies the avoidance maneuvers that have been developed for automatic conflict resolution by DLR’s traffic simulator. In particular, vertical conflict resolution often combines horizontal and vertical avoidance to allow for inaccuracies of the vertical movement and trajectory prediction. The conflict resolutions are also offered as suggestions to the controller, who can either choose one of them or develop his or her own solution. It is debated why for short and medium-term conflict resolutions the automatically generated solutions might seem more sensible or efficient than for long-term conflict resolutions. It is explained that in long-term situations the system can be able to analyze situations more thoroughly than the controller. The discussion elaborates on possibilities to implement and apply these findings in a sectorless ATM concept.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/71612/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:First results on flight rules and conflict avoidance maneuvers for a sectorless ATM concept
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Birkmeier, Bettinabettina.birkmeier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Edinger, Christianechristiane.edinger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tittel, Sebastiansebastian.tittel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Korn, BerndBernd.Korn (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kügler, Dirkdirk.kuegler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2011
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference 2011
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:J4-1
Keywords:Air traffic management; ATM; sectorless ATM; airspace management; sectorless airspace management; advanced airspace concept; flight rules; priority rules; conflict avoidance; avoidance maneuver;
Event Title:Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference
Event Location:Herndon, VA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10.-12. Mai 2011
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Effiziente Flugführung und Flugbetrieb (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control
Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Birkmeier, Bettina
Deposited On:21 Nov 2011 10:20
Last Modified:21 Nov 2011 10:20

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