Air Traffic Management

Module aims

  • To introduce the functional elements of Air Traffic Management (ATM), ground and airborne. 
  • To understand the components of current ATM systems and future ones. 
  • To cover the constraints to the operation of ATM systems including: airspace capacity; operational airspace safety; environment and economics. 

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the fundamentals of ATM, including its functional elements, technologies, the main organisations involved, and the main drivers of the constraints to the ATM system.

Module syllabus

  • The rapid increase in air traffic is creating congestion in the air traffic network with undesirable impacts, such as flight delays, increased safety risk levels, environmental pollution and noise. New technologies, procedures and organisational structures are seen as the only credible intervention mechanisms, and have begun to be implemented. Clearly the challenge is that such mechanisms should have the positive effect of increasing capacity, but not compromise safety and the environment. Given the complexity of the issues involved and potential impacts if unresolved, training on the fundamentals is necessary to generate the human resources required to deal with the situation.
  • Through a mix of lectures, coursework and site visits, this module introduces students to the current and future ATM systems and the impacts of the key performance areas of capacity, safety, the environment and economics. A case study is undertaken based on Europe’s Single European (SES) initiative focusing on the SES ATM Research (SESAR) programme.    

No.

Topic

Staff

01-02

Introduction to ATM

WYO

03-04

The functional elements of the ATM system; current ATM systems

WYO

05-06

Future ATM Systems

WYO

07-08

Constraints to the ATM system – airspace capacity

Activity 1: General essay on ATC/ATM and future developments

AM

AM

09-10

Constraints to the ATM system – airspace capacity

AM

11-12

Operational airspace safety

AM

13-14

Operational airspace safety

Activity 2: Arrangements for a visit to an ANSP Facility/GNSS Seminar

AM

AM

15-16

ATM and the environment

Activity 3: Seminar on aviation safety

MS

AM

17-18

ATM and the environment

Activity 4: Workshop on aviation safety

MS

MS

19-20

Economics

Activity 5: The application of fast time simulation to capacity estimation

AWE

AM

Pre-requisites


Teaching methods

 A combination of lectures, tutorials and progress tests. 

Assessments

The examination format for the above module is a written paper. Five questions are set of which students are required to answer three. 

Reading list

Core

Module leaders

Professor Washington Ochieng