University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Winter 1998 Seminar Series

Aircraft Route Optimization

Robert L. Schultz
Honeywell Technology Center


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 PC.

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
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
Contact Audrey Stark-Evers, Senior Secretary, 625-8000.