Introduction to Air
Traffic Control

SYST 460/560

Spring 2005

**TEXT BOOK**:
Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control (Michael S. Nolan) 4^{th} Ed.

**OVERVIEW:**

This course is intended to provide an introduction to
Air Traffic Control (ATC) for those who plan to work or conduct research in the
aviation industry.

It is a required course for those students interested
in specializing in air transportation systems by taking more in-depth courses.

The course will survey the entire field, providing an
understanding of the components and operation of the National Airspace System
(NAS).

The course will include aircraft operations and
systems, airline operations, air traffic control operations, systems and
technologies, and the structure and functions of the FAA.

The course will include the measurement and study of
the performance of the NAS.

The course will involve class participation, regular
homework, simulation and modeling, site visits, and some field work collecting
and analyzing data.

__Course Objective__: Students will learn the
necessary basic knowledge in air traffic management of the national air
transportation system. This course prepares students for work in the industry
and for conduct of graduate studies and research.

__Relationship to Other Courses__: This is a required
course for graduate students in air transportation systems. This course is
prerequisite for SYST 660.

**SCHEDULE:***

Jan 26 1st day Course Overview, History of ATC (Nolan,
Chap1)

Feb 2 Aerodynamics (Handout)

Feb 9 Navigation - Enroute (Chap
2 Nolan), GPS CBT

Feb 16 Navigation - Approach (Chap 2 Nolan), Collaborative
Decision Making (Handouts)

Feb 23 - Navigation Runway (Chap 2
Nolan),

Mar 2 Air Traffic Control Structure (Chap 3 Nolan)

Mar 9 **Mid-term (Closed Book)**

Mar 16 Spring Break

Mar 23 Air Traffic Control Communications (Chap 4 Nolan),
Network Centric Operations (Handouts), **Final
Project Proposals Due**

Mar 30 Control Tower Procedures (Chap 6 Nolan)

Apr 6 Non-Radar Enroute and
Terminal Procedures (Chap 7, Nolan)

Apr 13 Radar Separation Procedures (Chap 9 Nolan)

Apr 20 Operation in NAS (Chap 10 Nolan)

Apr 27 NAS Modeling & Simulation (Handouts)

May 4 Last Class Review, **Final Projects Due**

May 11 **Final Exam (Closed Book)**

**Textbook: **Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control (Nolan)

*Subject to change without notice at the discretion of the instructor

**LOGISTICS:**

__Course Handouts and Homework__: http://www.pluto.gmu.edu/atse/SYST460560.html

__Student obligations__:

Weekly homework/quiz

turned in at start of class

Late penalty 10%

Mid-term/Final Exam (Closed-book*)

Final Project*

Abstract due after Spring break

Final paper due last day of class

__Grading__:

Homework/Quiz (25%)

Mid-term Exam (25%)

Class Project (25%)

Final Exam (25%)

__Academic Honesty__

Honor Code strictly enforced.

Suspected violations will be reported

__Class Project__

Undergraduates

10 - 20 page double space, with figures

Topics:

GPS/FMS Training Experiment

La Guardia Airport Modeling

MicroJets

UAVs: What is the Future

Airport Arrival/Delay Analysis

Matlab Modelling

Graduates

Topic: Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

Final Report How CDM Operates

What is the problem ?

What is the Conceptual Solution

What is the Physical Implementation (Tools)

Conclusions

Read literature. Work with industry partners

Meetings to coordinate

__Office Hours:__ Wed

**HOW TO STUDY FOR THIS
CLASS:**

70% of the material is declarative knowledge (facts)

Example the Class A airspace is from 18,000 ft MSL to
FL600

You will be asked to demonstrate that you can retrieve
these facts when asked

Studying is a memorization activity

Memorization requires repetition

Several repetitions (more than 5) each day

Several days (more than 4)

For example to be able to recall 8 items in a specific
order requires 13 repetitions over a 6 day period

30% of the material is procedural knowledge (procedures
using steps and rules)

Example, derive an equation, solve an equations

You will be asked to derive equations, solve equations

Studying is building conceptual understanding of the
procedure

Use equations in different ways

Requires explicit model, repetitions