A Computational Platform for Analyzing the Safety of the National Airspace System



Published Sep 24, 2018
P. K. Menon Bong-Jun Yang Parikshit Dutta Sang Gyun Park Oliver Chen Victor H. L. Cheng


Safety analysis of complex systems can be carried out using computational models of the subsystems and their interactions. A modeling framework for analyzing the safety of the national airspace operations is described. The framework enables investigators to collaboratively formulate models of the subsystems of the National Airspace System and insert off-nominal operating conditions to assess their impact on the overall system safety. The software is designed to allow popular computational frameworks such as Python and Java to interact with it in a seamless manner. Interfaces to one of the popular commercial computational package are also provided. The software incorporates detailed aspects of the national airspace system infrastructure such as airport taxi ways and runways, approach-departure procedures, jet routes, air traffic control Sector and Center boundaries. It also includes simplified human performance models of controllers, pilots and ground vehicle operators. Performance data for over 400 different aircraft types, derived from a well-known database have also been incorporated. Airspace flight operations data is obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration data feed, and the weather data is derived from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site. Two example applications of the software are given.

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Menon, P. K., Yang, B.-J., Dutta, P., Park, S. G., Chen, O., & Cheng, V. H. L. (2018). A Computational Platform for Analyzing the Safety of the National Airspace System. Annual Conference of the PHM Society, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.36001/phmconf.2018.v10i1.503
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air traffic management, modeling and simulation, national airspace system, safety analysis, airspace flight operations, computational platform

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