Impact of aircraft performance differences on fuel consumption of aircraft in air traffic management environment

Cavcar A., Cavcar M.

AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY, vol.76, no.5, pp.502-515, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/00022660410555176
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.502-515
  • Keywords: aircraft, aviation fuels, fuel consumption
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: No


Performance differences between the aircraft types are natural and they inevitably cause problems in the air traffic system, particularly when slower aircraft types are followed by faster types in a climb or cruise queue. This paper presents the excess fuel consumption impact of aircraft performance differences in the air traffic environment. For this purpose, both climb and cruise phases of a flight mission are analyzed. Revision of the airworthiness regulations and air traffic procedures are suggested. The need for a flight level - cruise performance categorization is also recommended.