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USA Air Traffic
Author(s):
Karl Bilimoria, Banavar Sridhar
Institution:
NASA Ames Research Center
Year:
2000
URL:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/aero/facet24.mov
Project Description:
An efficient and effective air traffic management system is vital to the U.S. transportation infrastructure. Since 1978, when the airline industry was deregulated, the inflation adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) has increased by 62 percent. In this same time period, total output of scheduled passenger air transportation (as measured by Revenue Passenger Miles) has increased by 190 percent and total airfreight ton miles have increased by 289 percent. Since 1997, flight delays have skyrocketed - doubling in only four years. These trends are expected to continue. In 1998, airline delays in the U.S. cost industry and passengers $4.5 billion -- the equivalent of a 7 percent tax on every dollar collected by all the domestic airlines combined.

These screenshots are from an quicktime animation created with Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET) by NASA. It represents a day in the life of Air Traffic over the continental USA. The animation illustrates critical patterns on major airports and it's quite interesting to notice the different traffic intensity throughout the day.

For more information one can read the paper here.

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