Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Non-Tower Airport Activity Analysis"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Aviation, Statistics
Project Description:
Many small airports in the U.S. provide only non-commercial services such as flight training, refueling, and aircraft maintenance. As those small non-towered airports do not collect accurate numbers of various aviation activities, policy-making and budget allocation in Washington, D.C. has always been difficult. While there are several mathematical mechanism or formulas available to the the government officials as well as airport managers to "estimate" flight activity, the number has been historically rough and has affected the airport's Master Plan. As a result, the future development of next-generation National Airspace System could be less effective.
Expected Student Contributions:
Selected student will work with aviation professors and graduate students to 1) enrich existing database associated with airport activity, and 2) verify existing statistical models of operational forecast.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
GPA 3.0+ Telephone interview Database maintenance and analysis
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Lu, Chien-tsung
aviation technology

Student Supervisor

Chien-tsung Lu
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Si Luo
Computer Science