Counting Airport Operations Using Aircraft Transponder Signals and/or Aircraft Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Data

New proprietary and/or non-proprietary systems have been developed in an effort to more reliably and accurately count aircraft operations at airports without a staffed air traffic control tower. These systems include methods which utilize equipment that identifies aircraft transponder and/or ADS-B equipment signals. This research project will effectively update the 2018 FDOT Operations Counting at Non-Towered Airports Assessment report by exploring the feasibility, accuracy, and reliability of new technologies. These may include receiving equipment combined with specialized computer programming that would record aircraft operations. For example, a specific aircraft's location/altitude profile (as recorded using its transponder/ADS-B signals) in relation to a known airport's location, could be used to indicate a type of operation at that airport (e.g. landing, takeoff, etc.). Although several systems have been summarized in past research, new technologies continue to emerge and this project will identify and evaluate systems for counting aircraft operations using currently available technologies.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $282,166
    • Contract Numbers:

      BDV22 977-02

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      605 Suwannee Street
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Managing Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Project Managers:

      Hatim, Abdul

    • Performing Organizations:

      Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

      600 S. Clyde Morris Boulevard
      Daytona Beach, Fl  United States  32114
    • Principal Investigators:

      Yoshigoe, Kenji

    • Start Date: 20210617
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230831
    • Actual Completion Date: 20231221

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01776837
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: BDV22 977-02
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 23 2021 12:07PM