Research Projects

Aircraft Taxi Time Tool

Create a data standard for aircraft ground operations and a tool to calculate detailed summaries of aircraft taxi times and flows from this aircraft vehicle location data

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

An understanding aircraft taxi times and flow patterns is essential for projects that seek to enhance airport safety, reduce aircraft congestion and delay, improve the passenger experience, measure and reduce aircraft ground emissions, and plan for future airfield infrastructure.

Currently, airports have various platforms that provide data on aircraft flows (e.g. SWIM, Aerobahn). However, these platforms utilize different data formats and do not provide a standardized summary of taxi times and behaviors. These platforms generate large volumes of data that require specialized skill sets to be able to utilize for operational performance analysis. Similarly, FAA generates summaries of taxi times that are available for airports, but only at an annualized level.

This project would create a tool to analyze and query large sets of aircraft operating data and generate a detailed summary of taxi times, disaggregated by key operating factors. It would create a data standard for how to present aircraft operating data for use in future development and analysis.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The outcome will be a software tool that will create taxi time summaries

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)
  1. Define a data standard for tracking aircraft taxi times based on existing data availability and project needs
  2. Develop a set of standardized taxi metrics (e.g. time) and basis of disaggregation (runway, terminal, hour/day)
  3. Develop a software package capable of processing and summarizing a large volume of data and generating
Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

Approximately $300,000.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

There are a number of airport-specific projects, standards in related industries (e.g. GTFS), and ongoing and past research that uses taxi times; however, not aware of research that looks data standards as they relate to ground aircraft location data.



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Idea No. 153