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Energy Efficient Airport Departure Manager (ST10578-1)

Saab Sensis Corporation


New York’s large airports, notably LaGuardia and JFK, are capacity constrained, such that the number of scheduled aircraft flights commonly exceeds airport capacity during some part of each day. One consequence of this excess demand is taxi delay, as aircraft stack up in long queues waiting for departure, with each departure queue typically ordered in a non-optimal manner. Sensis envisions reducing such delays by implementing a decision support tool called a Departure Manager (DM) to provide air traffic controllers and airline ramp managers with an ordered departure list that maximizes runway utilization and minimizes aircraft taxi time and subsequently reduces fuel usage and air emissions. Sensis is basing the approach and ultimate product on its existing technology and airport customer experience, primarily their air traffic systems (ATS)products for surveillance, information processing, navigation technology, and simulation/modeling for the civilian aviation and air transportation industries.

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Project Description

This project is aimed at developing a complete departure management/decision support tool that reflects behavior of all airport queues and is effective in optimizing aircraft through-put and minimizing time spend idling and taxiing.


Reducing the time that large commercial aircraft spend idling and taxiing prior to take-off can have substantial impacts in reducing fuel consumption and resulting air emissions.

Project Results

The project was completed successfully and will form the basis for a commercial product offering of Sensis.


Saab Sensis Corporation
85 Collamer Crossings
E. Syracuse, NY 13057

Principle Investigator

Benjamin Levy

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Frank Ralbovsky


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10578-1

Last Updated: 4/17/2014