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SYST 461/660 OR750 

SPRING 2010

SYLLABUS

January, 2010

Syllabus - PDF Version

Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info: lsherry@gmu.edu,  703-993-1711
Location:  On-line OR Engineering Building Room 1204 (1st floor = lowest level)
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm or by appointment

Textbooks:
1.    The Global Airline Industry (Belobaba, Odoni, and Barnhart; 2009) AIAA
2.    Terminal Chaos (Donohue, Shaver; 2008) AIAA

Review (Belobaba book):
  • Chap 8 -  Airline Flight Operations
  • Chap 12 - Airports
  • Chap 13 - Air Traffic Control

Week Date Topic Material Homework Notes
1 25/01 Overview Airline Industry
Belobaba Chapter 1 Chap 1 Handouts
2
02/01 Airline Economics Belobaba Chap 3 Chap 3 Learning Objectives
Chap 3 Handouts
Chap 3 Homework
Chap 3 Quiz Solution Set
JF
3 02/08 Pricing and Revenue Management Belobaba Chap 4 Chap 4 Learning Objectives
Chap 4 Handouts
Chap 4 Workbook
Chap 4 Homework
Chap 4 Homework Spreadsheet
JF
4 02/15 Airline Operating Costs and Measures of Productivity
Chap 5
Chap 5 Learning Objectives
Chap 5 Handouts
Chap 5 Homework
Chap 5 Homework Spreadsheet
Chap 5 Homework Solutions [1]... [2]... [3]...
JF
Project Update Due - Abstract, Outline
5 02/22

Airline Planning Process

Chap 6
Chap 6 Learning Objectives and Workbook
Chap 6 Homework
Chap 6 Homework Solution
6 03/01 Airline Schedule Optimization - Part 1 Belobaba Chapter 7 Chap 7 Learning Objectives
Chap 7 Handouts
Chap 7 Homework (Rev 3, 3/25/10)
Chap 7 Homework Data
Example MPL Code for FAM
Chap 7 Homework Solutions
VK
7 03/08 SPRING BREAK Project Update Due - Abstract, Outline, References
8 03/15 Mid-term Exam (Chap 1,3,4,5,6)
Airline Schedule Optimization - Part 2
Belobaba Chapter 7
VK
9 03/22 Irregular Operations Belobaba Chapter 9

10 03/29 Air Transport and Environment Belobaba Chapter 14 Chap 14 Learning Objectives
Chap 14 Noise & Air Quality Handouts
Chap 14 Noise & Air Quality Homework (1&2)
TT
Project Update Due - Draft report (all sections)
11 04/05 Chap 14 Climate Change & Optimization Handouts
Chap 14 Fuel & CO2 Homework
Chap 14 Fuel & CO2 Homework Solutions
Chap 14 Noise & NOx Homework Solutions
12 04/12 Aviation Safety Belobaba Chapter 11 Chap 11 Passenger Risk Handout and Homework
Chap 11 Passenger Risk Homework Solutions
Rare Events: Tarmac Delay Case Study
Av-Ed Flight School
13 04/19 Terminal Chaos Donohue's Book Terminal Chaos Interview Homework Due 04/19
Airline Passenger Transportation System Handout
Read Chap 1, 2, 3
14 04/26 Terminal Chaos: Overview Handout
Read Chap 4, 5
15 05/03 Terminal Chaos: Donohue Lecture
Read Chap 6, 7
Dr. Donohue
Class Project Due
16 05/10 Final Exam

Final Projects:
Shankar: "Analysis of Air Transportation Network Delays Using Stochastic Modeling" [pdf]
Shetzline: [docx]
Wu: "Runway Incusrions: Problems, Causes, and Solutions" [docx]
Valentine: "Airport Capacity Models: When Demand Exceeds Capacity"
Kaminski: "A Review of Concepts to Increase NAS Capacity Through Sepration Distance Reduction"
Kulkarni: "Dynamic Airspace Configuration: A Review of Sectorization Algorithms and Proposed Research Using ADP"
Lubkowski/Sadeghian: "Documentary: On the Edge of Chaos" [Video Download]
Samant: Algorithms for Passenger Trip Delays
Rodriguez: RNAV Collision Risk Model

Grades:

  • Homework/Quizzes (25%)
  • Mid-term Exam 1 (30%)
  • Final Exam  (30%)
  • Class Project (15%)


Class Project Topics:
(10 pages double spaced, not including graphs/tables/figures)
Undergraduates:
  • Air Transportation System: Problems, Causes, Solutions
Graduates:
Air Transportation System: Problems, Causes, Solutions
On-line Course Material for Chapter in Textbook (Video, Workbook, Wiki, Games, …)
Research Papers:
  • Airport Capacity Models (Literature Survey)
  • ATC Buffers (Literature Survey)
  • FlightZone.com (Business Case)
  • FlightStats.com (Business Case)
  • Passenger Trip Simulation (Simulation)
  • Denied Boarding Models (Optimization)
  • Beacon Codes (Optimization)
  • “Lost Flights” System Design
  • Other ?

Academic Honesty:
Honor Code strictly enforced.
Suspected violations will be reported