Flight Path Precision

by William J. Dunlay, Jr., (M.ASCE), Principal; Leigh Fisher Associate, San Mateo, CA,
William R. DeCota, Dir. of Aviation; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York City, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 12, Pg. 56-61

Document Type: Feature article


Air traffic delays at the four airports operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are among the most severe and costly in the nation. A study by the Port Authority proposes to reduce delays by redesigning flight procedures at the airports with the help of improved air navigation equipment such as Global Positioning System technology and cockpit-based flight management systems. The resulting precise navigation information will enable aircraft to follow narrower and more closely spaced flight paths, making it possible to share the same runways and airspace when necessary.

Subject Headings: Flight | Air traffic | Traffic delay | Systems management | Ports and harbors | Navigation (geomatic) | Global navigation satellite systems

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