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Effects of departure manager and arrival manager systems on airport capacity
At an international level, interest in airport capacity has been growing in the last few years because its maximisation ensures best performance of infrastructure. Infrastructure, procedure and human factor constraints, however, should be considered to ensure a safe and regular flow of the flights. The paper presents the values of airport capacity obtained from two methodologies: the Advisory Circular AC 150/5060-5 and the Air Traffic Optimisation (AirTOp) fast time simulator (FTS). Two scenarios have been analysed: the ‘Baseline’ scenario (ie the current procedural and infrastructural airport layout) and the ‘What if ’ scenario (ie the current layout managed with Departure MANager and Arrival MANager systems). The simpler approach of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory circular (AC) cannot model both the complex layout of the three-runway airport and the effects of planning tools. Its potential is limited to fast and preliminary analyses. Therefore, under knotty geometrical and procedural conditions, the use of aircraft delay simulation models or (FTS) models is the only tool that meets the needs of airport-management bodies. In particular, the current traffic volume of the examined airport is far from its Baseline capacity (−30 per cent) and is 40 per cent lower than the ‘What-if ’ capacity. The obtained results refer to the specific layout examined, but the pursued approach could be implemented at different airports.
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Paola Di Mascio has been an Associate Professor of Road, Railways and Airports at the ‘Sapienza’, University of Rome, at DICEA — Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering since 1998. Her teaching activity includes ‘airport Infrastructures’ for Civil Engineering and Aeronautic Engineering Master’s degree and ‘transport infrastructures’ for the Transport Engineering System Master’s degree. She is Coordinator of the PhD course ‘Infrastructures and Transportation’, at the Sapienza University of Rome. She is involved in several national and international researches on pedestrian mobility, road safety, airport safety, design, construction and maintenance of roads and airport. She is the author of more than 150 articles on conference proceedings and international and national reviews.
Damiano Cervelli is an Aeronautical Engineer graduate from the Sapienza University of Rome. During the internship period for his Master’s degree at ENAV S.p.a (the Italian ANSP), he worked on airport capacity studies using highly specific tools. He currently works as a Navigation Systems Engineer in Thales Alenia Space based in Rome.
Alessandro Comoda Correra is a civil engineer, specialising in infrastructures, with technical knowledge of geotechnical, hydraulic and structural engineering. During his master’s degree graduation thesis, Alessandro attended a training internship at the Italian national flight assistance agency’s consulting, performance and capacity department. He has a specialist knowledge of aeronautics and the air traffic control sector. He can study airport capacity via Fast Time Simulation using AirTOp software.
Luca Frasacco is an Air Traffic Control Officer of the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider (ENAV), with over 20 years of operational experience as Air Traffic Controller first in the military and civilian airports and then in Italian Area Control Centers. Since 2003, he has been Head of the ENAV spa Fast Time Team.
Eleonora Luciano is an Air Traffic Management Engineer of the Italian air navigation service provider (ENAV), with over 16 years of experience in the Aviation market specialising in Airport Capacity enhancement; her experience spans major Italian and worldwide airports. Eleonora has used fast-time simulation and other analysis tools since 2003. She has experience in project and technical management, business development, strategic planning, technology innovation, capability building initiatives and other performance enhancements processes. Her experience includes working with multidisciplinary and multi-cultural project teams and international customers/organizations and possesses excellent analytic, organisational and realisation skills developed in challenging working environments where service safety and reliability are the main business drivers. Her broad portfolio of competencies includes an advanced academic education in aeronautical domains and management.
Laura Moretti in Infrastructure and Transportation, is Researcher of Construction of Road, Railways and Airports at Sapienza University of Rome in the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering. Her teaching activities include ‘Safety of road works’ for the Civil Engineering and Safety Engineering Master’s degree, ‘Design of transportation during emergency’ for the Safety Engineering Master’s degree, ‘Civil infrastructures’ for Techniques for the Surveyor for the Construction and Land bachelor’s degree, ‘Concrete pavements’ for the Construction and Management of Airports second level master’s degree. She is involved in several national research projcts on life cycle assessment, green public procurement, airport safety, environmental impact, design, construction and maintenance of roads and airport. She is the author of more than 60 articles on conference proceedings and international journals; she has also carried out international and national reviews. She is a member of the reviewer board of Materials and currently is guest editor of the special issue ‘Toward Sustainability: Airport Risk Assessment’ in the journal Sustainability. She is also a member of the scientific committees for several scientific conferences.