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Title:Evaluation of avian hazards to aircraft at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Author(s):Fisher, Jonathan Robert Brewster
Department / Program:Civil Engineering
Discipline:Environmental Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S. (master's)
Subject(s):Avian hazards
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Abstract:This research focused on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), which is one of the largest US airports in total area – with seven runways between 1.6 and 2.5 miles long. At DFW, the 6 nautical mile boundary is too small to capture all air traffic below 3,000 feet. Air traffic radar tracking data suggests that arriving jets may enter the high-risk airspace below 3,000 feet AGL as far out as 15 statute miles from the center of the airport (propeller planes enter this airspace as far out as 25 statute miles) (Figures 10 and 11). In an attempt to account for as much traffic as possible, data was analyzed to 25 statute miles from the airport’s center. Prior to this work, a Bird Avoidance Model (BAM) was developed by the United States Air Force to predict the risk of wildlife collisions with airplanes for two-week intervals throughout the year (Figure 12) (USAF, in press; Brown, 2001). While it is a useful tool, it differs in several ways from this research, and has different applications.
Issue Date:2003
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Jonathan Robert Brewster Fisher
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-31

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