Aircraft Performance for Open Air Traffic Simulations

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The BlueSky Open Air Tra_c Simulator developed by the Control & Simulation section of TU Delft aims at supporting research for analysing Air Tra_c Management concepts by providing an open source simulation platform. The goal of this study was to complement BlueSky with aircraft performance models in order to enable performance- related Air Tra_c Management studies. The aircraft performance model developed within this work consists of a kinetic Flight Dynamics Model, which stores the required performance characteristics in a database with type-speci_c aircraft and engine coe_- cients. Currently, sixteen commercial turbofan and turboprop aircraft from di_erent range and weight categories are represented. To evaluate the quality of the aircraft per- formance model, its outputs were compared to results from literature as well as from real ights. It was found that the applied methodologies for the determination of air- craft performance accurately model high-speed drag polars as well as fuel consumption for cruising and taxiing aircraft. The fuel consumption model of climbing and descend- ing aircraft, however, leaves room for improvement. Possible strategies for obtaining a more precise estimation of fuel burn over the entire ight are recommended based on the results of this study. With this work, the BlueSky Open Air Tra_c Simulator considers individual aircraft performance. This is an important step in the creation of an open simulation platform for Air Tra_c Management research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSan Diego, USA
Place of PublicationReston
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-387-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 4 Jan 20168 Jan 2016


ConferenceAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


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