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05 Nov Airspace and Airport Simulation: Much more than pretty pictures

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This week we are attending the AirTOp conference in San Francisco as chairman of the user group. We are excited to meet and greet our colleagues, partners and customers at the event to discuss the latest developments.

We strongly believe in the power of fast-time simulation, modelling of airspace and airport operations to quantitatively support important issues and decisions in the field of airport and airspace capacity, growth and safety. Take for example the timing and location of a new runway or terminal; what is the optimal airfield layout and when to construct a new runway or terminal (an investment of over 1 billion EUR / USD) versus the return on investment (due to more capacity). That’s quite a big decision to make without quantitative data. By intelligent simulation you can provide the data to answer questions like:

  • When will delays increase to unacceptable levels without an extra runway?
  • Do you need an additional runway or are there other ways to reduce the delays in airport operations.
  • Where will, given the growth of traffic on (short) term bottlenecks appear at the airport and how can we solve them?
  • How can we improve airspace so that we still can handle the predicted increase safely and with minimal delays?
  • What is the best concept of operations to handle traffic to and from a new runway and what changes in the airspace are required?
With the aid of models and simulations, we are able to answer these questions on the basis of data analysis (objective) instead of just expert opinion / judgment (subjective) or simple spreadsheet models that are often not able to grasp the complexity and dependencies in the operations. We have done numerous airport and airspace studies based on simulation tools; these tools have evolved tremendously over the years. These days they are at a level we can confidently state there are no better tools to base your analysis on. The pretty pictures are an impressive bonus.

About To70 and AirTOp
To70 was the first commercial party who has bought this software and used it especially in the field of modelling and simulation of airport operations (airport planning, growth vs. capacity) as well as airspace design. The software is now used by a list of airlines, airports and air navigation service providers as the FAA, EUROCONTROL, Airbus, Delta Air Lines, Dubai Airports (for which we have developed models) and we have trained the Chinese Air Navigation Service Provider (ATMB) in the use of the software.

The many projects we have done for clients such as Dubai Air Navigation Services, Dubai Airports, Singapore Changi Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Melbourne Airport, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Australia), CAA Taiwan and Taipei Taoyuan Airport show that our approach is valued and works to solve the problems of capacity, growth and safety of operations.

Read more about: AirTOp Airspace modelling or Airport Airside Aircraft modelling

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Arie van der Eijk
Arie van der Eijk
Arie is the managing director at To70 Australia
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