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SYST 560 FALL 2012


August, 2012

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

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Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info:,  703-993-1711
Location:  Innovation Hall 136, 

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


Monday Aug 27 - First day of class
Monday Sept 3 - Labor Day - No class
Monday Sept 17 - Monday Sept 24 - Monday Oct 11 - Columbus day - No class
Monday Oct 24 - Midterm Exam in Class
Monday Dec 3 - Last day of Class
Monday Dec tbd - Final Exam

* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice


Introduction/Syllabus Review
Turkish Airlines 1951 Accdient Report
Turkish Airlines 1951 Accident Report Handout
Video of Class: Turkish Airlines 1951 Accident Analysis

Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance:
Aircraft Performance Lecture Notes
Aerodynamics Workbook

Two Minute Knowledge: ISA (Multiple Choice Quiz)
Two Minute Knowledge: Pressure, Temparture, Density (Multiple Choice Quiz)
Two Minute Knowledge: Airspeed, Vertical Speed & Altitude (Video)
Two Minute Knowledge: Pressure, Temparture, Density (Video)
Two Minute Knowledge: ISA (Video)
Two Minute Knowledge: Pitot Static Systems (Video)

Flight Controls Lecture Notes & Homework

Navigation - deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 13-3
Navigation Overview - Lecture Notes
Navigation Systems: Enroute - Lecture Notes
Navigation Systems: Approach - Lecture Notes
Navigation Systems: Runway - Lecture Notes

Navigation Chart:
Intro to Airports Workbook
Airport Diagram Workbook San Diego ILS 9
San Diego ILS 9

Air Traffic Control - deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 13
Intro ATC Workbook
Canadian ATC Exam Study Guide
Nested-loop Model of Air Traffic Control/Management

Airline Operations/Dispatch
Intro Airline Operations and Dispatch - Part 1 11/14 (O'Keefe)
Intro Airline Operations and Dispatch - Part 2 11/14 (O'Keefe)
Intro Airline Operations and Dispatch - Part 3 11/14 (O'Keefe)
Intro Airline Operations and Dispatch - Part 4A 11/14 (O'Keefe)
Intro Airline Operations and Dispatch - Part 5 11/14 (O'Keefe)

Weather Theory
Aviation Weather Services

Aviation Environment (Noise, Emmisions) - deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 6
FAA Primer on Aviation and Environemt
A National Vision Statement, Framework for Goals and Recommended Actions
Aviation Environment - Noise Workbook
Aviation Environment - Lecture Notes

Traffic Flow Management - deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 9, 10, 11, 13-4/5, 23, 24
Analysis of Delays Thanksgiving Day 2007
Runway Capacity Workbook
Runway System Capacity Workbook
Runway Capacity Spreadsheet
Runway System Capacity Coverage Charts
Runway System Capacity Lecture Notes
Stochastic and Deterministic Delays Workbook

Introduction to Queueing Theory for Air Transportation
Lecture Video - Introduction to Queueing Theory for Air Transportation

Airports Operations & Financing - deNeufville & Odoni Chapter 7, 8
Role of Airport Operators (Wilding)
Airport Finances (Schaar) Lecture Notes
Airport Finances Homework
Airport Finances Homework Solutions

Accident Investigation: Flight SWA 1455 Case Study Workbook
Accident Investigation: Flight AAL 1572 Case Study Workbook

Accident Analysis
AirFrance 447 Accident Investigation: Flight AF 447 Rio de Janeiro - Paris
NOVA Video: Flight AF 447 Rio de Janeiro - Paris
Turkish Airlines 1951 Accident Investigation: Turkish Airlines 1951
National Geographic Video: Turkish Airlines 1951 - Schipol Airport
Text Book:
1.  Airport Systems: Planning, Design and Management – Richard deNeufville, Amadeo Odoni  (2003) ISBN 10-0-07-138477-4

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
    * Khan Academy Videos (Midterm, Final)


    * 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