In order to cut down on time and fuel wasted on an airport runway, an engineering team from MIT put together a new prediction model to determine how long a plane must wait before being ready for takeoff. This program provides more opportunity for air traffic controllers to manage planes sitting at the airport and keep all operations streamlined.
The model's algorithm gathers data on a number of environment-specific factors that play into congestion, including poor weather, outbound traffic, as well as delays. With this information, the model is able to accurately determine an estimate for the plane's departure, especially as it factors in other aircraft in queue.
As it stands, this new model is set for testing in airports across the United States, which could have huge implications for the future of air travel.
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