Systems And Methods Providing A Fuel-efficient Rta Implementation With Uncertain Winds
Tino, Clayton Patrick
Clarke, John-paul Barrington
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Flight management systems and control methods for meeting a required time of arrival (RTA) with reduced fuel burn. The method can account for probabilistic wind forecast uncertainty in RTA calculations by reformulating the speed and thrust profile problem as a multi-stage stochastic program, using a wind forecast uncertainty model to generate scenario sets for the fuel optimization problem. The method can iteratively calculate a fuel-efficient advised air speed for achieving an RTA over a flight path with an arbitrary number of recourse points. Methods for creating wind forecast uncertainty models applicable to a variety of routes through a given airspace, and for use with the flight management systems and control methods. An example wind forecast uncertainty model can be position-specific, data-driven and based on a Markov chain representing error values between historical wind speed data and forecasted wind speed data long a planned flight route or between an origin-destination pair.
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