Air traffic simulator (ATRACS)

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Authors
  1. Caron, J.-.D.
  2. Carson, N.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
In 2008, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operational Research (OR) Team identified the requirement for flight traffic data in Canada to support a quick turnaround study. The NORAD OR Team developed the Air Traffic Simulator (ATRACS), a Monte Carlo simulation used to generate realistic random flight tracks for domestic (inside Canada), transborder (to or from the United States) and other international aircraft movements departing from and arriving at Canadian airports. The current implementation of the ATRACS is based on NAV CANADA (NAVCAN) aircraft movements statistics. The approach and the model are generic and can be tailored to generate flight traffic in other regions of the world. A statistical analysis showed that the results generated with the ATRACS highly resembled NAVCAN historical flight activities. The next step for ATRACS is to further improve the model until it is a standalone executable that can be used by researchers without the overhead of the MATLAB development environment.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2010-050 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Apr 2010
Number of Pages
50
DSTKIM No
CA033838
CANDIS No
533278
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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