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AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SIMULATION SYSTEM (ATMSS)

ATMSS is designed to support ATM research in the following areas:

  • Planning and evaluation of ATM system improvement efforts, including ATM system and airspace structure modernization and changes in air traffic flow management activities;

  • Multifactor assessment of airspace use efficiency and safety in arbitrary flight conditions;

  • Evaluation of ATM system status, airspace and flight condition changes impact on airspace use efficiency.

Functional capabilities

  • Data preparation for simulation:

    • exploratory air traffic flow generation, including predicted flows;

    • generation of data on airway restructuring;

    • RC (regional center) structure data generation;

    • ATM sector structure data generation;

    • meteorological data generation;

    • radio aids data generation.

  • Visualization capabilities:

    • 2D visual presentation of airspace elements (ATM sectors, AC (area centers), RC (regional centers), route points and sections, air routes, airports);

    • 3D visual presentation of selected RCs and RC sectors.

  • Modeling:

    • airspace use analytical modeling;

    • simulation modeling.

  • Optimal 4D route generation within various constraints.

  • Air traffic flow management simulation:

    • ATM RC airspace sectorization;

    • ATM sector optimal configuration and schedule determination;

    • Simulation-based RC sector capacity assessment using real flight data.

  • Reference tools.

  • Map availability.

  • Data import/export (interoperability with other AS and simulation facilities).


ATMSS-based research in the interests of various airspace users as consistent with current system capabilities:

  • In the interests of airlines:

    • 4D air route generation within RF boundaries and all around the world by the following criteria:

      • minimum length;

      • minimum time;

      • cost criterion (including fuel consumption).

    • Rerouting in case of temporary airspace use restrictions for a variety of special events.

    • Track diversion assessment due to RF airspace structure modernization.

    • Evaluation of airline rerouting proposals.

  • In the interests of ATM providers and services:

    • Evaluation of the change of the number of potentially conflict situations in case of the upper airspace structure modernization.

    • Analysis of the efficiency of proposed airspace restructuring (airspace element traffic, evaluation of ATC RC and AC sector controller capacity).

    • ATC RC sector capacity calculation.

    • Formulation of proposals on optimum RC airspace use in response to permissible sector capacity overrun in specified RC airspace use options.

    • Proposals on sector reconfiguration (dynamic sectorization) for ATM system efficiency improvement and more uniform air traffic controller loading.

    • Predictive research on ATM system safety and efficiency assessment during:

      • new concept implementation,

      • airspace structure modernization,

      • mass events resulting in passenger traffic growth in RF airspace;

      • domestic/transit passenger traffic growth.

    • Weather effects on flight operations in the upper airspace and in the airport area.

    • Assessment of flight safety risks in RC control center, consisting in the assessment of flight safety risk factors as danger aftermath assessment. Danger factors being investigated:

      • ground navigation station failure;

      • ground surveillance system failure;

      • ground communications system failure;

      • ATC AS complete failure;

      • controller error;

      • aircrew error.

    • Air traffic flow rerouting in response to:

      • imposition of airspace use restrictions;

      • temporary change of ATM system elements capacity;

      • controlled airspace and airspace elements permissible traffic overrun;

      • expansion in the number of potentially conflict situations under the current airspace structure and during airspace structure modernization.

    • ATM specialists support during RC enlarging activities:

      • RC airway restructuring assessment;

      • enlarged RC sector capacity assessment;

      • RC resectorization (and sector scheduling) decision making.

    • Identification of possible separation rules violation during aircraft flight simulation at the following stages: during track diversion, on approach and departure routes in the airport area.

    • Research in support of assessment of separation rules change and new procedures (RNAV, RNP) introduction effects on flight safety (the number of possible separation rules violations).

Algorithms

  • Optimum 4D route generation

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  • Rerouting as air traffic flow planning support aid

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  • Strategic and dynamic sectorization

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  • Potentially conflict situation prediction and identification

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Research work

FGUP State ATM Corporation specialists have carried out the following ATMSS-based research:

  • Analysis of Rostov RC airway restructuring proposals efficiency, 2008;

  • Analysis of Samara RC airway restructuring proposals efficiency, 2008;

  • Analysis of Moscow RC route restructuring and ATM sector reconfiguration proposals efficiency, 2008-2009;

  • Analysis of Saint-Petersburg RC proposals and RC sector configuration options development, 2007;

  • Proposals on enlarged Khabarovsk RC sector configuration, 2008-2009;

  • Analysis of RC airway restructuring and sector reconfiguration proposals with options development for Saint-Petersburg RC, 2009;

  • Analysis of RC airway restructuring and sector reconfiguration proposals with options development for Irkutsk RC, 2010;

  • Analysis of efficiency of RVSM rules implementation in RF and neighboring states, 2010-2011;

  • Analysis of airspace use specifics during a change to reduced separation minima in RF and neighboring states, 2011;

  • Assessment of efficiency of proposed airway restructuring in ATMIS (ATM Integrated System) air traffic flow management in the upper airspace of the Moscow region;

  • Sochi airport capacity assessment study;

  • ATMSS simulation to assess the proposed airspace restructuring in enlarged neighboring ATM centers control zone based on the results of air traffic management upgrade and airspace structure modernization of the Moscow air traffic zone and Moscow region ATM integrated system, 2014;

  • Simulation-based assessment of operating characteristics of projected airspace structure of Moscow ATMIS and Moscow terminal control region to verify the achievement of specified strategic goals and target values of flight safety, capacity and efficiency of services rendered to airspace users, 2015.

 


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