Air Traffic Maximization for the Terminal Phase of Flight Under FAA's NextGen Framework
Rahmani, Amir R.
Egerstedt, Magnus B.
Twu, Philip Y.
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The NextGen program is the FAA's response to the ever increasing air traffic, that provides tools to increase the capacity of national airspace, while ensuring the safety of aircraft. In support of this vision, this paper provides a decentralized algorithm based on dual decomposition for safe merging and spacing of aircraft at the terminal phase of the flight. Aircraft negotiate optimal merging times that ensure safety, while penalizing deviations from the nominal path. We provide feasibility conditions for the safe merging of all incoming legs of flight and put the viability of the proposed algorithm to the test through simulations.