Jason A. D. Atkin

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This paper addresses the challenge of building an automated decision support methodology to tackle the complex problem faced every day by runway controllers at London Heathrow Airport. Aircraft taxi from stands to holding areas at the end of the current take-off runway where they wait in queues for permission to take off. A runway controller attempts to(More)
Despite the requirements to handle ever increasing numbers of aircraft, airports also have to meet environmental targets and regulations. The complexity of the problems increases the closer an airport has to work to its maximal possible capacity. The complexity of the problems also mean that advanced decision support systems are needed to guarantee(More)
A London Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world, it has only one runway for use by departing aircraft at any time. Separations are required between each pair of aircraft at take-off—depending on their routes, weights, and speeds—to ensure safety. Efficient scheduling of the aircraft for take-off can reduce the total separations and increase(More)
Determining efficient airport operations is an important and critical problem for airports, airlines, passengers and other stakeholders. Moreover, it is likely to become even more so given the traffic increases which are expected over the next few years. The ground movement problem forms the link between other airside problems, such as arrival sequencing,(More)
London Heathrow airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Moreover, it is unusual among the world’s leading airports in that it only has two runways. At many airports the runway throughput is the bottleneck to the departure process and, as such, it is vital to schedule departures effectively and efficiently. For reasons of safety, separations(More)
This paper describes recent research into the departure process at London Heathrow, with the primary motivation of reducing the amount of fuel used, improving both the economic and environmental cost. Two proposals are considered here. The first proposal considers the practicality and potential benefits of aiding the controller to improve the take-off(More)
In this paper we consider the problem faced by runway controllers at London Heathrow Airport as they attempt to determine the best order for aircraft to take off. The order in which aircraft take off can have a large effect upon the throughput of the runway and the consequent delay for aircraft. Although two runways are available for use at Heathrow, in(More)
Ever increasing air traffic, rising costs and tighter environmental targets create a pressure for efficient airport ground movement. Ground movement links other airport operations such as departure sequencing, arrival sequencing and gate/stand allocation and its operation can affect each of these. Previously, reducing taxi time was considered the main(More)