SYST 460/560 FALL 2006


Instructor:      Lance Sherry

Location:        Research I, Room 405 (moved from S&T II Room 206)

Contact Info: 703-993-1711,, Research I – 409

Office Hours: Wed 4pm-6p










Aug 30

· Syllabus

· Overview ATS

· London to New York


READ: Illman Chap 1, 3, 4, and FAA IPH Chap 1

- Syllabus.doc

- ATS Overview

- London to New York Stewart Chap 10


Sept 6


Illman Chap 1, 3, 4

FAA IPH Chap 1

Aero Homework due Sept 13

READ: Illman Chap 6


- AerodynamicsHomework.pdf



Sept 13


Illman Chap 6

Navigation Homework due Sept 20

READ: Illman Chap 5

-       NavigationRunways.pdf

-       NavigtaionApproach.pdf

-       NavigationEnroute.pdf

-    NavigationGPS.pdf



Aviation Env.


Graduate Student Projects

- AviationEnvironment.pdf


Sept 20


Illman Chap 5

Weather Homework due Sept 27

READ: Illman Chap 7


- Weather.pdf

CCFP - David Smith


Sept 27

ATC System Structure & ATC Procedures

Illman Chap 7


Review for Exam

- ATC System Structure.pdf (3)

- ATC Communication.pdf (4)

- Air Traffic Control Procedures.pdf(5)


Oct 4

Mid-term Exam


READ: Illman Chap 8, FAA IPH Chap 2




Oct 11

·   Airports

·   Takeoff Procedures

Illman Chap 8

FAA IPH Chap 2


READ: Illman Chap 8, FAA IPH Chap 3. FAA IPH Chap 4, 5


- Control Tower Procedures.pdf(6)

- Aircraft Performance.pdf


Oct 18

· Enroute Procedures

· Arrival and Approach Procedures

Illman Chap 8

FAA IPH Chap 3

FAA IPH Chap 4, 5


Review TFM Handouts

- Separation.pdf (7)

- Terminal Area and Enroute.pdf (9)


Oct 25

Traffic Flow Management


Review Air Traffic Safety


- TFMCDM.pdf

- TFMCDMScenario

- CDMQuickReference.pdf

Guest: Mike Wambsganns


Nov 1

Air Traffic Safety


Review Transportation Handouts

Safety Homework


Guest: Professor Shortle


Nov 8

Transportation Analysis

Handouts Handouts

Review Airports Handouts

Transportation Problems

Guest Mezhepoglu


Nov 15

· Airport Operations and Economics

· Environmental Economics


Review Aviation Env Handouts

Guest: James Wilding


Guest: Professor Book


Nov 22

Thanks Giving Break





Nov 29

Aviation Environment



Guest: Dr. Thompson


Dec 7

-  Review

-  Graduate Student Projects


Prepare for Final Exam.

Graduate Student Projects due



Dec 12 19

Final Exam





* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.



Text Books:


The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (3rd Edition) – Paul E. Illman ISBN – 0-07-031782-8


FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook. Download from


Other Sources:

1.       Air Transportation Systems Engineering (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, 193). George L.Donohue and Andres G. Zellweger (Editors), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, 2001.

2.       How to Become a Pilot – FAA

3.       Private Pilot – Jepperson

4.       Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation – James S. Wolper

5.       Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control – Michael S.Nolan

6.       Flying the Big Jest – Stanley Stewart

7.       Optimizing Jet Transport Efficiency – Carlos E. Padilla

8.       Airport Operations – Norman Ashford, H.P. Martin Stanton

9.       Air Traffic Control. Order 7110.65P, Federal Aviation Administation, February 2004.

10.    FAA Airport Capacity Benchmark Report 2004. Federal Aviation Administation, 2004.

11.    Flight to the future : Human Factors of Air Traffic Control. Christopher D. Wickens, Anne S. Mavor, and James, P. McGee, editors ; Panel on Human Factors in Air Traffic Control Automation, National Academy Press, 1997.

12.    Airline Operations Research, by Dusan Teodorovic. Gordon Breach Publishers, 1991.

13.    Air Transport Systems Analysis and Modelling (Transportation Studies), by Milan Janic, Gordon Breach Inc., 2001.

14.    Transportation Demand Analysis. Adib Kanafani. McGraw-Hill, 1983.

15.    Issues in Air Transportation and Airport Management, TRB 1094, Transportation Research Board, 1986.

16.    Integrated Noise Model User's Manual V. 6.0. Federal Aviation Administration - ATAC, 2000.

17.    National Airspace System Plan 4.0, FAA, March 1999.

18.    Securing the Future of U.S. Air Transportation: A System in Peril, Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050, Studies and Information Services, National Research Council (NRC).




1.       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.

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

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

                                                               i.      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.

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

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

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

5.       Relationship to Other Courses: This is a required course for graduate students in air transportation systems. This course is prerequisite for SYST 660.

6.       Expectations for Student Participation: This course material is dominated by knowledge (facts). As a consequence, it is expected that each student spend 30 minutes (min) each day testing their knowledge on the subject of the prior week using the Test Question Data-bank. Remember, “learning takes place at the time of failure of expectation.” This expectation is required of each student.


How to study for the 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



Student Obligations:

•          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

* Subject to change without notice at instructors discretion





–         Homework/Quizzes (30%)

–         Mid-term Exam (35%)

–         Final Exam (35%)



–         Homework/Quizzes (20%)

–         Mid-term Exam (30%)

–         Class Project (20%)

–         Final Exam (30%)


Graduate Student Projects:


Potential Project Topics


1.  Aircraft performance Impact on Environment – Analyze public-domain aircraft-performance information relevant to managing environmental impacts of air transport.  Specific types of information include, for different aircraft/engine types: fuel consumption and efficiency, preferred cruise altitudes, preferred departure profiles.


2.  Aviation Impact on Environment: Engine design trade-offs – Analyze the major design elements of modern jet engines as they relate to production of noise and emissions.  Identify the principal design tradeoffs as they are currently understood.


3.  Aviation Impact on Environment: Fuel and emissions standards in other modes – Analyze U.S. and European fuel and emissions standards for other modes of transport (road, rail, marine) and identify the major issues associated with establishing and enforcing such standards.


4.  Emissions modeling – Analyze available U.S. and European models for aircraft emissions generation and spatio-temporal dispersion.  Review their principal similarities and differences, and identify areas of scientific uncertainty that are relevant to improving these models.


5.       Emissions chemistry – Analyze the principal effluents of modern jet engines and review the chemistry of their behaviour in the atmosphere.  This would include longevity in different forms, chemical transformation into different species, etc.


6.       Environmental law – Analyze the principal elements of the U.S. Clean Air Act and the international Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Identify possible ways in which the Act and the Convention may affect different components of the air-transportation network.


7.       Analysis of Miles-In-Trail in U.S.


8.       Analysis of Ground Delay Program


9.       Analysis of Air Transportation Economics


Academic Honesty:

•          Honor Code strictly enforced.

•          Suspected violations will be reported


Office Hours:

Wed 4pm – 6pm, Room 409, Research I,, 703-993-1711