Semiautomatic PIATA input airport data collection
Document typeBachelor thesis
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This project has developed a prototype of a tool to obtain data related to the airport traffic and export them into two files, one for the arrivals and another for the departures, which can be directly used as PIATA input data files. PIATA stands for Performance Indicator and Analysis Tool for Airports, it is a tool of EURCONTROL (the European Organization for the safety of air navigation) which is used to analyze airports and obtain indicators of its performance. The success of the PIATA studies relies, apart from the proper utilization of the tool, on using data as much complete and correct as possible of the airport's aircraft traffic. With this project it is intended to obtain the input data, which has been collected in a full manual manner until now, using a tool which performs part of the data collection automatically using ADS-B data and offers an interface which eases the process of complementing this data manually, for the kind of data that still has to be gathered manually (e.g. ATC clearances). The ADS-B data is transmitted by the aircraft in a standardized and non-encrypted manner. These messages can contain different types of information, such as aircraft position, velocity and identification. The developed system demonstrates the potential of the ADS-B data and its automatic processing to automate this data gathering, and it also provides a web interface where additional data can be introduced manually, the data collected automatically can be managed and the data can be exported to be used as input to PIATA. During this project we have created a system that autonomously collects and characterizes aircraft data which can be further complemented via a web-based tool by one or more users, in such a way that nothing else is needed to perform all the data gathering necessary for the PIATA studies.