Initial Concepts for Dynamic Airspace Configuration

  • Kopardekar P
  • Bilimoria K
  • Sridhar B
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Abstract

Future airspace needs to be flexible, dynamic and adaptable based on traffic demand, equipage, and weather. Initial concepts focus on three core areas: 1) restructuring airspace, 2) adaptable airspace, and 3) generic airspace. The paper presents mid-term and long-term airspace configuration concepts. These concepts were developed based on literature reviews, workshops, subject matter expert discussions, and field trips. The mid-term airspace configuration concept includes high altitude airspace where user-preferred routes will be predominant and low altitude airspace divided into regions for super density and metroplex areas and remaining portion. Subsequently, the long-term airspace configuration may include four primary regions: 1) airspace for automated separation assurance, 2) high altitude airspace, 3) super density and metroplex operations airspace, and 4) structured classic airspace.

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Authors

  • Parimal Kopardekar

  • Karl Bilimoria

  • Banavar Sridhar

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