Aviation Safety and
Air Traffic Management Analysis

The Center for Transportation Analysis does specialty research and development in Aviation Safety and Air Traffic Management Analysis. Improving both aviation safety and air traffic management (ATM) techniques is important to all air travelers in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Several initiatives are supported including the Global Aviation and Information Network (GAIN) and the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) program. GAIN promotes and facilitates the voluntary collection and sharing of safety information by and among users in the international aviation community to improve aviation safety. CDM is a joint government/industry initiative to improve air traffic management through increased information exchange among the various parties in the aviation community and improved automated decision support tools.

Visualization and analysis of diverse data sources including flight track, weather, airport, aircraft, ATM elements and geographic data supports aviation safety initiatives such as the Runway Safety Program. Specialized studies are performed to review traffic management policies and NAS concept exploration. Other work includes design of decision support tools, improved data management and integration techniques, and data visualization work for the CDM Program and the Free Flight Program Office. Our customers include the FAA, NASA, DOT and industry partners involved in aviation and other transportation systems.

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Focus Areas:

  • Aviation Safety Analysis
  • Air Traffic Management Analysis

Recent Work:

  • Development of a Data Viewer Tool for 3-D Flight Track Visualization and Analysis of Multiple Aviation Data Sources for Runway Safety, Airborne/Surface Interactions, and ATM Operations
  • Visualization and Analysis of Radar Flight Tracks for the LAX Region for Aviation Safety and Operation Analysis
  • Developing Requirements for an Aviation Safety Lessons Learned and Corrective Action Sharing System
  • Resource Location and Allocation Optimization Analysis Using GIS
  • Aviation Safety Risk Assessment Modeling of Runway Incursions
  • Event Sequence Coding of Incidents to Identify Factors to Improve Aviation Safety
  • Evaluation of Airport Capacity Enhancements through Land and Hold Short Operations (LAHSO)
  • Benefits Assessment of Airline Influenced Arrival Sequencing
  • Airline Arrival Ripple Delay and Its Mitigation

Selected Presentations


Edition 36 of the Transportation Energy Data Book Released
The Transportation Energy Data Book (TEDB) is a compendium of data on transportation with an emphasis on energy. Designed for use as a desktop reference, the TEDB was first published in 1976 and has continued to Edition 35. The TEDB is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

2016 Vehicle Technologies Market Report
The 2016 Vehicle Technologies Market Report was released May 25, 2017 via the web. The report details the major trends in U.S. light-duty vehicle and medium/heavy truck markets. This report is produced by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Numerous CTA Staff gave presentations at the DOE Annual Merit Review Meeting, June 6-10, 2016.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and the Vehicle Technologies Program were held June 6-10, 2016. Numerous CTA Staff presented at this event.