Readiness and Feasibility of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Data for Airport Use Cases

Towered and non-towered airports need accurate daily and annual aircraft operational counts, including aircraft type, for use in tasks like airport planning, environmental analysis, capital improvement program development, funding justification, and staffing. Aircraft operational counts provided by air traffic control towers offer limited details and towers are often staffed for only a portion of the day, possibly missing large swaths of activity. Meanwhile, non-towered airports have limited or no data from which to estimate aircraft operational counts. Airport sponsors rely upon aircraft operational counts to develop products for purposes such as forecasting, budgeting, and project justification. ACRP Report 129: Evaluating Methods for Counting Aircraft Operations at Non-Towered Airports was published in 2015 and identified options to fill this gap but Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) was an emerging technology at that time and was noted for additional research. The FAA mandated that by January 2020, aircraft were required to have ADS-B Out installed when flying in certain airspace and with this inflection point, the industry needs an evaluation as to whether ADS-B is a reliable alternative for aircraft operational counts. Additionally, the accuracy and efficacy of aircraft operational counts obtained via ADS-B needs to be validated through structured scientific research to better understand the benefits and limitations of various collection technologies and the ability to support different use cases across various airport configurations and user characteristics. The objective of this research is to develop a guide and techniques to collect and validate the use of ADS-B data for obtaining aircraft operational counts and identifying aircraft type at U.S. towered and non-towered airports.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-35

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

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

    Griffin, Matthew

  • Start Date: 20230602
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01854719
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-35
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 16 2022 2:39PM