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Evaluation of potential fuel savings by introducing formation flight on a North Atlantic scenario

Marks, Tobias and Linke, Florian and Gollnick, Volker (2015) Evaluation of potential fuel savings by introducing formation flight on a North Atlantic scenario. ATOS 2015, 20.-22. Jul. 2015, Delft, Niederlande.

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The work presented in this paper deals with the evaluation of potential fuel savings gained by the introduction of formation flight on a North Atlantic scenario. In order to perform this evaluation, it is assumed that the formation flight takes place on dedicated Formation Corridors that correspond with the North Atlantic Tracks of the Organized Track System and that the first aircraft types equipped with the necessary formation flight systems will be the ones that are most frequently used. With these assumptions the most common aircraft type used on the North Atlantic in westbound direction along with the 20 most frequented connections served by this type of aircraft are identified for a specific week based on historical data. In a next step, a surrogate model to calculate the formation flight benefits is derived for a two-aircraft formation consisting of this aircraft type. Based on this model for all possible combinations of the connections the optimal Formation Corridors in terms of chosen track and flight level are identified using graph-based optimization techniques together with inefficiency metrics to evaluate the benefits of the formations. In a subsequent detailed trajectory analysis for all the identified optimal formations the actual fuel savings are calculated. Statistical analysis shows that considerable fuel savings can be obtained for all connection combinations. Furthermore it is shown, that the declaration of one dedicated Formation Corridor will result in substantial fuel savings for a considerable amount of the evaluated connection combinations.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/98039/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Evaluation of potential fuel savings by introducing formation flight on a North Atlantic scenario
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Marks, TobiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4225-5672UNSPECIFIED
Linke, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1403-3471UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Formationsflug, Organized Track System, Lufttransport, Luftverkehr, Bionik
Event Title:ATOS 2015
Event Location:Delft, Niederlande
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:20.-22. Jul. 2015
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: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Air Transport Operations > Air Transport Infrastructures & Processes
Deposited By: Marks, Dr.-Ing. Tobias
Deposited On:25 Jan 2016 08:52
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:24

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