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2016/2017 Aerospace Engineering Master Aerospace Engineering
Air Traffic Management
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. J.M. Hoekstra    J.M.Hoekstra@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. J. Ellerbroek    J.Ellerbroek@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
The course gives an Introduction in Air Traffic Management and ATM research topics.

1. Introduction and history of Air Traffic Management, organisational & regulatory aspects
2. Airspace set-up, flight planning and navigation
3. Communication: Information services, Voice R/T, Data Link
4. Navigation: Great Circle calculations, WGS'84, approximations, beacons/navaids, landing aids
5. Surveillance: Radar basics, primary-secondary radar, radar types, ADS-B
6. Separation: Separation Minima, Near Misses, Closest Point of Approach Calculations, wind vortex categories
7. New concepts: Airborne separation assurance, 4D contract TBO, paired approaches, etc.
8. ATC Simulations: fast-time, human in the loop
9. ATC Research organisations and large scale programs (SESAR, NextGen)
10. Excursion to NLR's ATC facilities
11. ATM research topics: interactively discussed in class based on presentations by students

While the first part of the course is mainly lectures, the second part of the course is much more interactive. Here pairs of students get assigned a paper, project or case to study and form an opinion on. They should explain and review it in both a brief essay and during a short presentation in class, followed by a discussion with the class in which they need to defend their view on this study. In this way the students are familiarized with different aspects and opinions on the 'hot topics' in ATM research currently.

Study Goals
This course is designed to give the students an appreciation of the current ATM systems, throughout the world, with emphasis on the core area of Europe, in preparing the existing ATC systems for the predicted increase of traffic.
Emerging technologies will be described, with the associated implementation aspects like Air Traffic Controllers' systems, the history and future of ATC, airline perspective, European and US new ATM programmes SESAR and NEXTGEN.
Emphasis is on both the current technology as well as future concepts and technology which are currently being researched.
Education Method
Lectures and excursion in the first period.

Assignments will be given to the students for the second period. Students need to present their understanding of and opinion on a case, project or paper in class. Discussions on this with the class are part of the interactive method used in the second period.
Hand-outs of the presentations are available on Blackboard.
Written exam (50%) and assignment (essay+presentation, also 50%).