Expert Webinar: Basic Air Traffic Management



On June 22, 2016, PASSUR hosted a webinar covering Basic Airport Traffic Management from the perspective of airport operators and airlines, part of an ongoing series of webinars covering topics important to aviation stakeholders.

Mark Libby, PASSUR ATC Specialist, hosted the webinar. The PASSUR customer lead was Dave Vogt, General Manager, Air Traffic Management, Delta Air Lines. The webinar included a review of the structure and workings of the FAA’s Traffic Management (TM) System.

  • TM Structure: Towers report to the TRACONs, TRACONs report to the Centers and, if initiatives are needed outside the Center’s airspace, Centers report to the Command Center (ATCSCC)
  • Traffic Management Units are located at larger Towers, TRACONs and in every Center. Their main responsibility is to provide a safe, orderly flow of traffic in their area of responsibility. The ATCSCC is responsible for the Flow of Traffic throughout the entire US.
  • The goal of managing a Traffic Management problem is to implement the tool/program with the least impact to the system.

Airport Traffic Management Initiatives:

  • Miles in Trail (MIT)/Minutes in Trail (MINIT) over Departure or Arrival Fixes
  • Departure Spacing Procedure (DSP)
  • Time Based Flow Metering (TBFM)
  • Airborne Holding
  • Ground Stop (GS)
  • Ground Delay Program (GDP)
  • Special Traffic Management Procedure (STMP)
  • Coded Departure Routes (CDR)

Enroute Traffic Management Initiatives:

  • Miles in Trail/Minutes in Trail (MIT/MINIT)
  • Enroute Spacing Procedure (ESP)
  • Capping (stopped at a lower altitude) and Tunneling (descent early)
  • Integrated Collaborative Rerouting (ICR)
  • Airspace Flow Program (AFP)
  • Ground Stop (GS)

Collaboration between Airlines, Airport and the FAA is key to implementing the program that will have the least impact.

PASSUR tools that can be used to assess the situation:

  • PASSUR ATC Portal
  • PASSUR Web Tracker
  • PASSUR Diversion Management
  • PASSUR Communicator – Airport Information Network (AIN)

If you have any questions about the webinar discussion, contact Mark Libby by email or 703.932.5509.