A Safety Assessment Framework for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B)

A Safety Assessment Framework for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B)
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   A Safety Assessment Framework for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) and its Potential Impact on Aviation Safety Busyairah Syd Ali A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Imperial College London Centre for Transport Studies Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Imperial College London, United Kingdom November, 2013   ii Declaration of Originality I hereby declare that I have personally carried out the entire work described in this thesis. Where sources of information or the work of others have been used, they are fully cited and referenced and/or with appropriate acknowledgement given. . . . . . . . . . . . Busyairah Syd Ali . . . . . . . . . . . Dr Arnab Majumdar . . . . . . . . . . . Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng . . . . . . . . . . . Dr Wolfgang Schuster   iii Copyright Declaration ‘The copyright of this thesis rests with the author and is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence. Researchers are free to copy, distribute or transmit the thesis on the condition that they attribute it, that they do not use it for commercial purposes and that they do not alter, transform or build upon it. For any reuse or redistribution, researchers must make clear to others the licence terms of this work’     iv Acknowledgements Above all, I would like to express my deepest gratefulness to Allah S.W.T for making the impossible, possible throughout my PhD. For my parents, Syd Ali and Bibi Khatijah, thank you for the endless prayers for my success, health, happiness and for being in spirit every step of the way despite being physically an ocean away. Your love, faith and confidence in me, kept me going all these years. My sincere thanks to my supervisor, Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng, whose advice, assistance either directly or indirectly, guidance and prayers have been invaluable to me in the course of my PhD. Thank you for always having a smile whenever I pop into your room and for your kindness throughout my PhD. A special thank you to my supervisor, Dr. Arnab Majumdar for establishing collaborations with various Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), providing the data and expert input that made this research possible. I also would like to thank him for supporting me with the problem faced with my sponsor during the past three years. A special thank you also goes to my supervisor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster for his insightful suggestions and optimism on my work. I also would like to thank my supervisor in Malaysia, Dr. Chiew Thiam Kian, without whose help my PhD at Imperial College London would not have been possible. I would also like to thank Jackie Sime for her administrative support and kindness. I would like to acknowledge David Apps from British Airways for his noble help on the time consuming task of extracting the aircraft navigation data for a large number of aircraft. I also would like to extend my acknowledgment to Craig Foster from NATS UK, for the ADS-B data and technical input on the UK Cristal Project implementation; and Anne-Ki from Avinor for the safety data. A special thanks also goes to John Shaw from QinetiQ for his technical views on my work. For his advice, insight, concerns and emotional support for the last three years, I would like to thank Lucio Vismari. I also would like to thank Georgi Markov for the technical support and cheerful motivations that kept me going in the first two years of my PhD. I would like to thank Ramin Moradi for helping me to get started with MATLAB, Nicolo Daina for his bright views on my work and Li Hao Jie for giving me confidence on the statistical methods applied in my work. And an extra special thanks to Miltos Kyriakidis for everything he would know in these four years. For my dearest friends; Dr. Fazlina Nordin, Chro Ahmed, Dr. Zalia Esslinger, Dr. Budi Aslinie, Siti Najihah Abd Latif and Ng Yi Wen, your support and friendship means more than I can ever express. Finally, to everyone else that has contributed either directly or indirectly in the course of my PhD, I offer my heartfelt gratitude.
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