The Program (ARAP)
The Airplane Route Analysis Program (ARAP) determines whether a specific airplane type can or cannot carry a specified payload from an Origin Airport to a Destination Airport while conforming to a set of Airline Operating Rules and Conditions.
If this is possible the relevant performance parameters of takeoff weight, landing weight, max payload, block fuel, block time and reserve fuel are shown as output for that mission. If not, the amount of payload which can be carried is determined and is shown as output together with the relevant performance parameters of Takeoff Weight, Landing Weight, Block Fuel, Block Time and Reserve fuel.
Before the program can begin to work, the following items must be specified as input:
- Performance data for the airplane to be analyzed
- A flight profile
- Distance between origin and destination airports
- Atmospheric conditions of winds and temperature
- Origin and destination airport data
- Airplane characteristics for the airplane to be analyzed
- Cruise altitude and procedures for performance optimization
- Climb and descent procedures to be use
The flexibility of the computer program allows the user to define flight profiles that realistically reflect all of the details and contingencies of an actual flight. The program determines for each flight the payload carried, block fuel, block time, etc... while observing all limitations, reserve requirements and other constraints. The result is a realistic appraisal of an airplane's performance capability.
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