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Aerospace 2018, 5(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace5010027

Field Trial Measurements to Validate a Stochastic Aircraft Boarding Model

Department of Air Transportation, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig, Germany
Received: 2 February 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 5 March 2018 / Published: 7 March 2018
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Efficient boarding procedures have to consider both operational constraints and the individual passenger behavior. In contrast to the aircraft handling processes of fueling, catering and cleaning, the boarding process is more driven by passengers than by airport or airline operators. This paper delivers a comprehensive set of operational data including classification of boarding times, passenger arrival times, times to store hand luggage, and passenger interactions in the aircraft cabin as a reliable basis for calibrating models for aircraft boarding. In this paper, a microscopic approach is used to model the passenger behavior, where the passenger movement is defined as a one-dimensional, stochastic, and time/space discrete transition process. This model is used to compare measurements from field trials of boarding procedures with simulation results and demonstrates a deviation smaller than 5%. View Full-Text
Keywords: aircraft boarding validation; stochastic behavior model; simulation; field trials; operational improvements aircraft boarding validation; stochastic behavior model; simulation; field trials; operational improvements
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