University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Winter 1998 Seminar Series
Aircraft Route Optimization
The determination of optimal aircraft routes via dynamic programming
methods will be presented. Solutions for wind optimal routes for subsonic
transport aircraft and fuel/time optimal routes for supersonic aircraft will be
discussed. A view graph overview will be given followed by a demonstration on a
The optimal fuel routes for subsonic aircraft are determined for a
city pair and a 3-D wind field and then are displayed over a map of the world.
The view perspective can be changed by zooming and rotating. The effect of over
flight fees and weather regions can also be demonstrated.
In the supersonic transport application, weighted fuel time optimal
routes, taking into account the sonic boom, are determined. The optimal routes
are displayed over a world map with the subsonic and supersonic legs shown in
different colors. The land water grid and search grid can also be displayed.
Minimum fuel and minimum time routes are compared.
Friday, January 16, 1998
209 Akerman Hall
Refreshments served after the seminar in
227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Audrey Stark-Evers, Senior Secretary,