Evaluating Airfield Capacity

Airport capacity and its related implementation is a critical evaluation component of most airport planning projects; therefore, it is important that appropriate guidance be available to the aviation industry on measuring capacity and delay. While airport sponsors often employ more sophisticated methods for evaluating capacity, the FAA's Advisory Circular 150/5060-5 Airport Capacity and Delay (AC) is the formal Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance on this topic. To use the AC or the Airport Capacity Model (ACM), airport planners must choose one or more runway nomographs that, singly or collectively, most closely match the airport's runway layout. There are also complex, higher fidelity simulation models which can be resource and data intensive, such as SIMMOD and TAAM. With the many current and evolving factors and limitations that influence capacity at a given airport, there is a need to enhance capacity modeling tools and techniques to provide the accuracy appropriate to make timely and cost-effective critical project funding decisions. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to assist airport planners with airfield and airspace capacity evaluation. The guidebook will address airport airfield and airspace capacity planning at all tyes of airports. The term "airfield" capacity refers to runways, taxiways, apron areas, and aircraft parking positions. "Airspace" capacity for this research is defined as the approach and departure procedures in the immediate vicinity of an airport that directly affects airfield capacity.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 3-17

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    Jacobs Consultancy

    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dunlay, William

  • Start Date: 20090629
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110628
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18730

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462515
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 3-17
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:05PM