2004 NEXTOR Short Course on Aviation Infrastructure Economics

This two-day course was held October 14-15, 2004 at the Aerospace Center Building in Washington, D.C. The instructors were Dr. Mark Hansen and Dr. Jasenka Rakas of the University of California, Berkeley.

focused on theory and application in National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure management, maintenance, economics, strategy and policies. Optimization techniques for making better NAS infrastructure management decisions were introduced and applied to real-world problems.

The NAS is one of the largest, the most complex, technologically advanced and integrated civil infrastructure systems, consisting of over 48,000 complex facilities and services that are in various stages of approaching physical or technical obsolescence. Their proper management is vital to aviation safety and capacity. The course presented tools and information to enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its contractors to make better decisions about NAS infrastructure inspection, maintenance, investment and modernization. It enabled the FAA to optimally balance its own and user costs related to investment, maintenance, and facility outages.

NAS Infrastructure Management Overview Jasenka Rakas, University of California, Berkeley
Economic Impact of Aviation Infrastructure Mark Hansen, University of California, Berkeley
Equipment Failure Rates and Probabilities; Markov Transition Matrices; Deterioration and Obsolescence Jasenka Rakas
Operational Performance and Demand Management Mark Hansen
Optimization Techniques for NAS Infrastructure Management Jasenka Rakas
a. Markov Decision Processes for Infrastructure Management, Maintenance and Rehabilitation
b. Application: Obsolescence Analysis for Different Types of Equipment
c. Facility Condition Assessment/Index
Performance Measures and Cost/Benefits for NAS Infrastructure Performance Mark Hansen
Infrastructure Economics Mark Hansen