Design of a PMS for the West-North arrival configuration of the Barcelona Airport
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Tutor / director / evaluatorBarrado Muxí, Cristina
Document typeBachelor thesis
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In this project a new arrival procedure for the West-North configuration of the Barcelona Airport has been designed with the main objective of reducing noise impact in populated areas. To do that, three different options of point merge system have been deployed. The first one, located over Mediterranean Sea with two parallel legs with 90º aperture at FL100 and FL120 at 20 NM and 22 NM of the merge point, respectively. The second one, double PMS, i.e. two systems that are linked with a common point, with the same main characteristics of the previous one but with an aperture of 80º. And the last one, just the same as the second one but with an aperture of 70º. All designs have been deployed as RNP systems, making easier to select points in the airspace. Furthermore, all systems comply with recommendations of statal and international organizations such as FAA, Eurocontrol and ICAO. Moreover, possible existing conflict routes have been analysed and modified in case of loss of separation between flows. Main benefits and drawbacks of these three designs have been tested and compared with current procedures using Impact and Rams Plus. The tested characteristics are noise impact (in area and population), flown distance (hence, burned fuel during approach), ATC workload and the capacity of the system. To do the simulations real traffic extracted from Nest (28th June 2015) have been used and simulated to extract the new routes. After the simulations, the results determined that the less noisy design is the first one; the minimum flown distance is achieved with current procedures, but of the three proposed designs the shorten is the second one. Referring to ATC workload, the less stressful is the first one. Finally, the maximum capacity is achieved using the second design. Therefore, as the first design has less noise impact, it is selected as the best one. However, the increase in flown distance can be a problem to implement the new systems, hence a balance between different options have to be done to satisfy all involved parts. Finally, it can be said that the main objective of reducing noise impact has been achieved.
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