A dynamic I/O model for TRACON traffic management

Maxime Gariel, John Paul Clarke, Eric Feron

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


This work investigates modeling and control of arriving aircraft flows in the vicinity major airports. Aircraft arrival flows are analyzed through a study of TRACON trajectory records for San Francisco International airport. Aircraft trajectory rerouting processes are interpreted from queuing systems perspective: Airport arrival throughput is evaluated as a function of the number of planes present in the TRACON. Based on these observations, an input-output TRACON queuing and landing model is proposed. This model is validated using available TRACON data. It is shown that the model is able to capture the same important behaviors as the physical system. This model is then used to show how regulating the entering flow of aircraft in the TRACON may lead to improved management of TRACON operations while leaving airport throughput essentially unaffected.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.custserv@aiaa.org
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1563479044
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


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