Title: The fuel consumption impact of the turning point location for the point merge system

Authors: Ramazan Kursat Cecen

Addresses: Department of Motor Vehicles and Transportation Technologies, Eskisehir Vocational School, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, TR-26110, Eskisehir, Turkey

Abstract: This study considers the impact of the turning point location on fuel consumption for aircraft landing problem by using the point merge system. A mixed-integer linear programming model is applied for this problem. Also, vector manoeuvre is added to the model to solve any conflict before entering sequencing legs. Two different methods are compared. First, no fixed turning point is placed, allowing aircraft to make a turn anywhere on the sequencing legs. However, the problem is that it is not very applicable neither for air traffic controllers nor pilots regarding the instruction time. The second method uses constant turning points with a pre-defined distance between two successive points. The results for the second method displayed that when we increased the distance between the two following turning points, the total fuel consumption also increased by 7.35% compared to the no-fixed turning point method.

Keywords: aircraft landing problem; ALP; point merge system; PMS; fuel consumption; mixed-integer linear programming; MILP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSA.2022.120612

International Journal of Sustainable Aviation, 2022 Vol.8 No.1, pp.75 - 90

Received: 17 Jun 2021
Accepted: 20 Oct 2021

Published online: 28 Jan 2022 *

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