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Sam Eberspacher. Air Traffic Simulation. What is it?. Simulation of air traffic over the United States Uses a sample of 51 major airports to simulate Uses latitude and longitude for more accurate travel times Airports act as any airport would, regulating the landing and take-off of airplanes

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Sam eberspacher

Sam Eberspacher

Air Traffic Simulation


What is it

What is it?

  • Simulation of air traffic over the United States

  • Uses a sample of 51 major airports to simulate

  • Uses latitude and longitude for more accurate travel times

  • Airports act as any airport would, regulating the landing and take-off of airplanes

  • Goal is to chart delays and examine how they propagate thought the system


Progress

Progress

  • Geocoder written to obtain latitudes and longitudes from an address

  • Simulator displays the airports using the latitudes and longitudes

  • Airports have a queue for take-off and landing

  • Airplanes have destinations and a projected schedule

    • Used when delay calculations are implemented


Screenshot

Screenshot


Geocoding

Geocoding

  • Process by which an address is converted to longitude and latitude

  • I use Google Maps geocoder

    • Send an HTTP request to Google including the address, output format and Google Maps key

    • http://maps.google.com/maps/geo?q=address&output=csv&key=GMAP_KEY

    • Address formatting is important


Address formatting

Address Formatting

  • I tried several types of address formatting because I do not have street addresses

  • Airport code works well (BWI, AUS, PHX, etc)‏

  • Code with “airport” attached also works well

  • In order to maximize the number of valid airports the geocoding program tries one form, then the other in the event of a failed request


Geocoder screenshot

Geocoder Screenshot

  • Validation was needed to verify that the latitude and longitude is in the United States


Whats next

Whats Next?

  • Implement collision detection and avoidance

  • Animate the traffic and implement path tracing

  • Implement delay calculations and map them to a color

  • Weight traffic in and out of airports with time to more realistically model patterns


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