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SYST 560 FALL 2010


August, 2010

Introduction to Air Transportation Systems is for those who are starting or plan professions in the air transportation industry. This course provides a survey of the entire field, including aircraft performance, navigation, Air Traffic Control, Traffic Flow Management, runway and airspace capacity and delays, aviation environment, and safety.

Assigments require the application of fundamental principles of physics and fluid mechanics, in analysis and simulation of real-world problems.

This course is available through Web Conferencing

Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info:,  703-993-1711
Location:  Engineering Building, Room 2211, 

Class Day: Mondays 7:20-10:00pm
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm or by appointment

Week Date Topic Material Homework/Quiz
1 08/30 Introduction/Syllabus Review
Aircraft Performance
Aircraft Performance Lecture Notes
Aerodynamics Workbook

09/06 Labor Day - No class

3 09/13 Aircraft Performance (cont/d)

HW#1 Aerodyanmics (Due 9/20)
4 09/20 Navigation Navigation Overview - Lecture Notes
Navigation Systems: Enroute - Lecture Notes
Navigation Systems: Approach - Lecture Notes
Navigation Systems: Runway - Lecture Notes
In-class Quiz Aircraft Performance (Due 9/20)

HW#2 Aircraft Performance (Due 09/27)
HW#2 Aircraft Performance Solution Set

5 09/27 Navigation Navigation Workbook (Procedures) HW#3 Navigation and Landing Equipment Homework (Due 10/04)
HW#3 Navigation and Landing Equipment Homework Solution Set

6 10/04 Aeronautic Charts
Flightplanning Airport Diagrams
Intro to Airports Workbook
Airport Diagram Workbook San Diego ILS 9
San Diego ILS 9
In-class Quiz Navigation (Position Fixing, Flightplanning Solution Set (Due 10/04)
7 10/11 Columbus Day (No Class) Intro to ATC (Procedures - Chapter 13)
Intro ATC Workbook
Intro to ATC Workbook Pages 1-13 (Due 10/18)
8 10/18 Air Traffic Control (Surveillance) Guest Lecture: Giles O'Keefe (Airline Operational Control/Dispatch
Intro Airline Operations and Dispatch (O'Keefe)
Intro to ATC Workbook Pages 14-37 (Due 10/25)
9 10/25 Mid-term Exam
Reference Info: Canadian ATC Exam Study Guide
10 11/01 Bringing it all together: NTSB Flight 1455 Accident Report NTSB Flight 1455 Accident Report Workbook
Nested-loop Model of Air Traffic Control/Management
Takehome Mid-term Exam (ATC Sim) Due before start of class Monday Nov 8
11 11/08 Aviation Meteorology
Weather Theory
Aviation Weather Services
Lecture Notes: Weather Theory and Services
Weather Homework Due before start of class Monday Nov 15
12 11/15 Runway Capacity and Runway Systems Intro to Airports Workbook (Chapter 9/10)
Runway Capacity Workbook
Runway System Capacity Workbook
Runway Capacity Spreadsheet
Runway System Capacity Coverage Charts
Runway System Capacity Lecture Notes
Runway Capacity Homework Due before start of class Monday Nov 22
Runway Capacity Homework Solution Set
13 11/22 Flight and Passenger Delays Stochastic and Deterministic Delays Workbook
deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 11,23,24 Analysis of Delays Thanksgiving Day 2007
14 11/29 Aviation Environment FAA Primer on Aviation and Environemt
A National Vision Statement, Framework for Goals and Recommended Actions
deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 6
Aviation Environment - Noise Workbook
Aviation Environment - Lecture Notes
15 12/06 Safety Safety Workbook
NTSB Accident Report
16 12/13 Final Exam

* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

Text Books:
1.  Airport Systems: Planning, Design and Management – Richard deNeufville, Amadeo Odoni  (2003) ISBN 10-0-07-138477-4
(Note: This book is the text-book for the follow-on course OR750/SYST660)

Other Sources:
2.    Terminal Chaos (AIAA, Library of Flight) George Donohue and Russel D. Shaver III. ISBN – 978-1-56347-949-6
3.    Air Transportation Systems Engineering (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, 193). George L.Donohue and Andres G. Zellweger (Editors), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, 2001.
4.    Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control – Michael S.Nolan ISBN 0-534-39388-8
5.    How to Become a Pilot – FAA
6.    Private Pilot – Jepperson
7.    Understanding Mathematics for Aircraft Navigation – James S. Wolper

Student Objective:
Students will learn the necessary basic knowledge in air traffic management of the air transportation system. This course prepares students for work in the industry and for conduct of graduate studies and research.

Relationship to Other Courses:

This is a required course for graduate students in air transportation systems. This course is prerequisite for OR750/SYST660.

Student Obligations:

    * Complete reading assignments and complete workbooks
    * Homework/quiz turned in at start of class
    * Late penalty 50%
    * Mid-term Exams (Closed book)
    * Final Exam (Closed-book)
    * Field trips


    * Homework/Quizzes (25%)
    * Mid-term Exam 1 (25%)
    * Mid-term Exam 2 (25%)
    * Final Exam (25%)

Grading Scale:

A    93%    Exceptional in all respects
A-    90%    Excellent, shows clear understanding of concepts and application of ideas
B+    88%    Very good, shows basic understanding of concepts and application of ideas
B    83%    Good, shows acceptable understanding, baseline for undergraduate work
B-    80%    Adequate, shows acceptable understanding, but with deficiencies
C+    78%    Weak, but minimally meets requirements
C    70%    Very weak, but minimally meets requirements
D    60%    Misses several requirements, but not to the point of being considered failing

All grades are final

Academic Honesty:
Honor Code strictly enforced.
Suspected violations will be reported