NEXTOR Short Course

Aviation Infrastructure Economics

October 14-15, 2004
The Aerospace Center Building
901 D St. SW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20024
Lecture BWI/Andrews Conference Rooms

Dr. Mark Hansen
Dr. Jasenka Rakas
University of California, Berkeley

This 2-day course will focus on theory and application in the field of National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure management, maintenance, economics, strategy and policies. Optimization techniques for making better NAS infrastructure management decisions will be introduced and applied to real-world problems.

The NAS is one of the largest, the most complex, technologically advanced and integrated civil infrastructure systems, consisting of over 48,000 complex facilities and services that are in various stages of approaching physical or technical obsolescence. Their proper management is vital to aviation safety and capacity. This course will present tools and information that will enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its contractors to make better decisions about NAS infrastructure inspection, maintenance, investment, and modernization. It should also enable the FAA to optimally balance its own and user costs related to investment, maintenance, and facility outages.

Course Outline

  1. NAS Infrastructure Management Overview
  2. Economic Impact of Aviation Infrastructure
  3. Equipment Failure Rates and Probabilities; Markov Transition Matrices; Deterioration and Obsolescence
  4. Operational Performance and Demand Management
  5. Optimization Techniques for NAS Infrastructure Management

    a. Markov Decision Processes for Infrastructure Management, Maintenance and Rehabilitation

    b. Application: Obsolescence Analysis for Different Types of Equipment

    c. Facility Condition Assessment/Index

  6. Performance Measures and Cost/Benefits for NAS Infrastructure Performance
  7. Infrastructure Economics