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Assessment of the Ability of Existing Airport Gate Infrastructure to Accommodate Transport Category Aircraft with Increased Wingspan for Improved Fuel Efficiency

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dc.contributor.author Bishop, Kristina
dc.contributor.author Hansman, R. John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T15:36:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T15:36:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/71120
dc.description.abstract The continuous trend of rising fuel prices increases interest in improving the fuel efficiency of aircraft operations. Additionally, since fuel burn is directly linked to aircraft CO2 emissions, reducing fuel consumption has environmental benefits. One approach to reducing airline cost and mitigating environmental impacts of aviation is to achieve higher fuel efficiency by increasing aircraft wingspan. One concern is that airports may not be able to accommodate increased-wingspan aircraft since existing gate infrastructure may have been sized for the past and current aircraft. This results in a potential tradeoff for airlines; increasing wingspan increases fuel efficiency, but it also limits the number of gates available to maintain current aircraft operations. The objective of this thesis is to evaluate this tradeoff... en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The research efforts for this study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology were supported by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Environment and Energy, under the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Research (PARTNER) Center of Excellence, FAA Cooperative Agreement No. 09-C-NE-MIT, Amendment No. 005, and FAA Contract No. DTFAWA-05-D-00012, Task Order Nos. 0010 and 0012, and by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) under the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Contract No. DTRT57-07-D-30006, Task Order No. DTRTV-T01005. These efforts were managed by Pat Moran and László Windhoffer. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the FAA or the DOT RITA Volpe Center. en_US
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dc.subject fuel efficiency en_US
dc.subject aircraft operations en_US
dc.subject fuel burn en_US
dc.subject CO2 emissions en_US
dc.subject aircraft wingspan en_US
dc.subject air transportation en_US
dc.title Assessment of the Ability of Existing Airport Gate Infrastructure to Accommodate Transport Category Aircraft with Increased Wingspan for Improved Fuel Efficiency en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US


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