Acquisition of capacity relevant parameters for approach control
The Flow Monitor for approach control was developed and integrated at the Frankfurt airport under contract of the German Air navigation Organisation DFS and is in operation since 1993. According to the capacity enhancement plans for the Frankfurt/Main airport new ATC systems and procedures will be implemented within the next years. The Flow Monitor will be used to evaluate and assess these activities to answer questions of capacity improvement and delay reduction.
The Flow Monitor is interfacing to the ATC computers and collects and processes all capacity relevant data such as radar, flight plan, weather and runway configuration information. Metrics like seperation, demand, flow and delay for the inbound traffic are computed in reference to the metering fixes and the runway threshold and displayed realtime to the ATC supervisor. All information is stored on disk for later
This will give a longterm reference base for evaluation and assessment. By using statistical procedures combined with graphical tools the system will answer questions according to capacity improvement of new implemented systems.