Model of the Hierarchical Process of Managing the Approaching Air Traffic in the Terminal Area

  • Jacek SkorupskiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 531)


Air traffic in the airport controlled area is carried out according to standard procedures. However, they are disturbed by random factors, so the traffic is stochastic in nature and requires ongoing monitoring by the air traffic controller that operates in the approach control sector (TMA). One of his/her goals is to form the landing aircraft queue so as to maximize the airport capacity. The task is difficult because there are multiple entry points to the TMA and many points at which the individual aircraft streams merge. The paper presents the model of the process of forming landing aircraft queue. The model has been implemented as a coloured Petri net. It has a hierarchical structure corresponding to the actual multi-level structure of the merging aircraft streams process. The study shows an example of modelling of the approaching air traffic consisting of aircraft landing at the Warsaw Chopin airport on the RWY 11 runway. The developed software system SECRAN can be used to support the approach controller in the planning process and in the current control of approaching air traffic in TMA area.


Air traffic Airport arrival management Hierarchical sequencing Petri nets Air traffic controller support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TransportWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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