Studies on Continuous Descent Arrival

Continuous Descent Arrival (CDA), also called Continuous Decent Approach, is a procedure where aircraft descend directly from a relatively high altitude without the traditional leveling off in a series of steps. The objective of this research is to examine and quantify the operational feasibility of CDAs nationally, by examining a number of large US airports and estimating the number or percentage of arrivals that could reasonably be expected to perform a CDA, or part of a CDA, given airspace and air traffic flow control constraints.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Post, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Purdue University, West Lafayette

    Indiana Department of Transportation Division of Research
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sun, Dengfeng

  • Start Date: 20100621
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30398

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01570714
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 09-C-NE-PU-004, 09-C-NE-PU-005
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2015 1:00AM