CEE 5614

Analysis of Air Transportation Systems

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 Instructor  Dr. Antonio A. Trani

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Office Patton Hall 301-P
 Telephone 231-4418
 Electronic Mail  Email: vuela@vt.edu
 Class Hours 10:10-11:00 MWF (PAT 207)
Course Number : CRN 89225 (10M)

This course is designed for all engineering students willing to learn how air transportation systems are designed and planned. The course is suitable for all engineering and science students interested in air transportation. This course requires the students to have some confidence in computer skills such as the use of spreadsheets, programming and willingness to actively participate in this learning environment. Experiental learning and group skills are usually emphasized in this course.




The following materials will be used to support the lectures in this class.

CEE 5614 - Analysis of Air Transportation Systems Course Notes. Notes are posted on my web sitee under the syllabus page.

Other reading materials will taken from the following sources (available free on the Internet).

Reference Name Description and Remarks Internet Link

Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Simple textbook to understand aircraft flight and aircraft performance issues. Good illustrations and simple language.



Aeronautical Information Manual

Provides useful information for pilots and ATC people on basic flight information and procedures in the U.S. April 2014.



Instrument Procedures Handbook

Federal Aviation Administation, FAA-H-8083-16, 2014. Explains how instrument procedures are executed in the U.S. https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/instrument_procedures_handbook/

Air Traffic Control

Handbook of Air Traffic Control. FAA Order 7110.65V, Federal Aviation Administation, April 2014.



Securing the Future of U.S. Air Transportation: A System in Peril

Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050, Studies and Information Services, National Research Council (NRC).



Airport Capacity Profiles

Provides a view of today's large hub airport capacities



Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance: U.S./Europe

Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Vision 2050, Studies and Information Services, National Research Council (NRC).


The MATLAB numerical package will be used to implement many of the algorithms presented in this course. There are many references available on the subject including the MATLAB Student version. If you are a registered student MATLAB is available for a small fee ($27.00+ tax) atMatlab can be purchased at the Virginia Tech Information Technology and Acquisitions- ITA (TOR Hall 3rd floor). Off-campus students can purchase Matlab from ITA. The student is expected to read all the materials assigned as these are crucial to the comprehension of the topic.

If you want to learn more about the topics discussed in class, other suggested readings will be taken from the following materials.

Readings from transportation journals for various topics will be assigned to complement your knowledge of the subject.


This course will emphasize the use of computer solutions to many of the techniques presented in class. Students are expected to have access to a computer and be able to perform basic Matlab script and Excel execution and tasks for some of the homework assignments to be given in class.At the same time all students are expected to have access to the Internet to retrieve document materials relevent to this course. MATLAB and Excel will be the software used in this course to provide a unified framework in the presentation of the algorithms discussed in class. I will present a couple of lectures on how to use this numerical package to bring you up to speed If you are a registered student MATLAB costs $27 through the Virginia Tech Software Distribution.


You are required to attend all lectures and you are responsible for all the materials covered in class including the content of other student presentations. Homework will be assigned as closely as possible to the course schedule provided. No late assignments will be accepted unless there is a very justifiable reason. You are expected to attempt all the assignments as they count towards a good fraction of your grade. Homework will be assigned once every week and will be due the following week before class. I will collect the homework in hard copy form for those students taking the class in Balcksburg. For off-campus students please submit homework via email with a header - CEE 5614 Homework (your name). I will return the homework as a corrected PDF file with annotations.

All students must adhere to the Honor Code Policies of Virginia Tech. The Honor Code will be strictly enforced in this course. All assignments shall be considered graded work, unless otherwise noted. All aspects of your coursework are covered by the honor system. Any suspected violations of the Honor Code will be promptly reported to the Honor Dystem. Honesty in your academic work will develop into professional integrity. The faculty and students of Virginia Tech will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty. If you have questions about the Honor Code of Virginia Tech please refer to your student handbook or read more about it at http://www.honorsystem.vt.edu/.

I encourage discussion between individuals in class and outside class on how to solve problems. However, it is expected that you turn in individual assignments that truly reflect your own work. This is critical for you to do well in the partial and final exams. I would like to see your homework assignments organized in the following sections:

  1. Problem description,
  2. Flowchart (if applicable) or a verbal description of the approach to solve the problem,
  3. Problem solution (including computations),
  4. Comments on the solution obtained (including some reality check).


The students will have the opportunity to execute a small final project as part of this class. I will provide more information as the course evolves.



The following grading system will be used in this course.

Grades will be assigned according to a standard grade scale used at Virginia Tech.
Homework 40 %
Partial Exams 40 %
Final Exam 15 %
Class presentations 5 %
Grade Range Grade Range
 A [93.34-100] C [73.34-76.67)
 A- [90.00-93.34) C- [70.00-73.34)
 B+ [86.67-90.00) D+  [66.67-70.00)
 B [83.34-86.67) D [63.34-66.67)
 B- [80.00-83.34) D- [60.00-63.34)
 C+ [76.67-80.00) F [0.00-60.00)


My office is located in Patton Hall 301-P . You can reach me at (540) 231-4418 or e-mail to vuela@vt.edu. I will have the following office hours this semester.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
None None 2:00 - 3:30 PM 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM None

Feel free to ask questions in class and during these office hours and do not hesitate to raise issues of class concern. If these office hours result inconvenient to you please let me know and I will try to arrange an appointment at some suitable time. If you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible during my office hours.

Special Accommodations

Students are encouraged to address any special needs or special accommodations with me during the first two weeks of the semester, or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Faculty Letter from the Services for Students with Disabilities office (540-231-0858) located at 250 S. Main Street Suite 300 (Kent Square). You can visit the following web site for information http://www.ssd.vt.edu/ ).

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