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Suggested Citation:"Contents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2012. Evaluating Airfield Capacity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/22674.
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Suggested Citation:"Contents." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2012. Evaluating Airfield Capacity. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/22674.
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1 Chapter 1 Introduction and Background 1 Introduction 2 Intended Audience 3 Overview of Airfield Capacity 5 Existing FAA Guidance 5 Existing Analytical and Computer Simulation Models 6 Need to Update Airfield Capacity Evaluation Methods and Guidance 9 Organization of the Guidebook 12 Chapter 2 Airfield Capacity Concepts 12 Airport Components 13 Airside Components Including Airfield Geometry 17 Airport and Airspace Operating Environment 21 Aircraft Fleet Mix and Performance Measures 22 Other Factors That Affect Airfield Capacity 31 Chapter 3 Existing Airfield Capacity Evaluation Tools 33 Level 1—Table Lookup 35 Level 2—Charts, Nomographs, and Spreadsheets 37 Level 3—Analytical Capacity Models 40 Level 4—Airfield Capacity Simulation Models 43 Level 5—Aircraft Delay Simulation Models 47 Chapter 4 New Airfield Capacity Evaluation Tools  and Guidance 47 Overview of New and Newly Available Models 47 New Prototype Airfield Capacity Spreadsheet Model (Levels 1, 2, and 3) 55 Newly Available Level 4 Model—The MITRE runwaySimulator 62 New Guidance on Specialty Cases 69 Estimating Effects of NextGen on Airfield Capacity 71 Chapter 5 How to Select the Appropriate Airfield  Capacity Model 71 Decision Factors 78 Additional Considerations 81 High­Level Matrix for Preliminary Screening of Levels of Modeling Sophistication 81 Decision Hierarchy 81 Examples of Level of Modeling Sophistication Used in Airfield Capacity Case Studies 88 Chapter 6 Subsequent Uses of Airfield Capacity Estimates 88 Making Demand­Capacity Comparisons 91 Providing Data for Environmental Analyses 91 Informing Benefit­Cost Analysis C O N T E N T S

Note: Many of the photographs, figures, and tables in this report have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the Web at retains the color versions. 92 Balancing Airfield Capacities with Passenger Terminal and Landside Facility Capacities 92 Demand/Congestion Management (FAA) 93 Benchmarking with Other Airports 93 Measuring the Progress of NextGen 94 Input to Models for Estimating Aircraft Delays 94 Application of Airfield Service Volumes and Aircraft Delay Thresholds 96 Defining and Measuring Aircraft Delay and Airport Capacity Thresholds A-1 Appendix A   Prototype Airfield Capacity Spreadsheet  Model User’s Guide B-1 Appendix B  Essential References and Data Sources

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TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 79: Evaluating Airfield Capacity is designed to assist airport planners with airfield and airspace capacity evaluations at a wide range of airports.

The report describes available methods to evaluate existing and future airfield capacity; provides guidance on selecting an appropriate capacity analysis method; offers best practices in assessing airfield capacity and applying modeling techniques; and outlines specifications for new models, tools, and enhancements.

The print version of the report includes a CD-ROM with prototype capacity spreadsheet models designed as a preliminary planning tool (similar to the airfield capacity model but with more flexibility), that allows for changing input assumptions to represent site-specific conditions from the most simple to moderate airfield configurations.

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