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Improving Feasibility of Point to Point Operations Through Civil Aerial Refuelling

McRoberts, Richard and Early, Juliana M. and Price, Mark and Morscheck, Fabian and Li, Mo and Rocca, Gianfranco La (2014) Improving Feasibility of Point to Point Operations Through Civil Aerial Refuelling. AIAA Aviation 2014, 16 - 20 June 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Abstract

Re-imagining of the aerial transportation system has become increasingly important as the need for significant environmental and economic efficiency gains has become ever more prevalent. A number of studies have highlighted the benefits of the adoption of air to air refuelling within civil aviation. However, it also opens up the potential for increased flexibility in operations through smaller aircraft, shifting emphasis away from the traditional hub and spoke method of operation towards the more flexible Point to Point operations. It is proposed here that one technology can act as an enabler for the other, realising benefits that neither can realise as a standalone. The impact of an air-to-air refuelling enabled point to point system is discussed, and the affect on economic and environmental cost metrics relative to traditional operations evaluated. An idealised airport configuration study shows the difference in fuel burn for point to point networks to vary from -23% to 28% from that of Hub and Spoke depending on the configuration. The sensitive natures of the concepts are further explored in a second study based on real airport configurations. The complex effect of the choice of a Point to Point or Hub and Spoke system on fuel burn, operating cost and revenue potential is highlighted. Fuel burn savings of 15% can be experienced with AAR over traditional refuelling operations, with point to point networks increasing the available seat miles (by approximately 20%) without a proportional increase in operating cost or fuel.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/91781/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Improving Feasibility of Point to Point Operations Through Civil Aerial Refuelling
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
McRoberts, RichardSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT9 5AG, Northern IrelandUNSPECIFIED
Early, Juliana M.School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT9 5AH, Northern IrelanUNSPECIFIED
Price, MarkSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT9 5AH, Northern IrelanUNSPECIFIED
Morscheck, FabianFabian.Morscheck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Li, MoDelft University of Technology, 2629 HS Delft, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Rocca, Gianfranco LaDelft University of Technology, 2629 HS Delft, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Date:2014
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Civil Air to Air Refuelling
Event Title:AIAA Aviation 2014
Event Location:Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:16 - 20 June 2014
Organizer:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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 - Air Transport Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Morscheck, Fabian
Deposited On:28 Jan 2015 10:41
Last Modified:17 Jun 2015 12:48

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