32th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences

09 - Air Transport System Efficiency

ON THE MINIMUM SEPARATION BETWEEN ANY PAIR OF FLIGHT PATHS

L.M.B.C. Campos, IDMEC/CCTAE/IST, Portugal; J.M.G. Marques, Escola de CiÍncias e Tecnologias, Universidade de …vora, Portugal

The paper presents methods to determine the time, positions and distance of closest approach for two aircraft following arbitrary trajectories in two or three dimensions. Three examples are given: (i) two aircraft changing the modulus of the velocity of one of them; (ii) two aircraft changing the climb rate of one of them; (iii) one aircraft straight and one aircraft curved trajectory.


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