Multi-objective optimization of high altitude sector operation based on environmental protection

  • Yong Tian
  • Lili Wan
  • Bojia Ye


The emission and contrail of flights at high altitude sector have a great impact on the environment. The paper establishes the multi-objective optimization method of high altitude sector operation based on environmental protection, which can reduce the impact of sector air traffic operation on the environment and enhance the operation efficiency of the high altitude sector. According to the operation characteristics of the sector, the aviation meteorological data of the sector are analyzed, and the forming conditions of the contrail are calculated. Considering the air traffic control rules and aircraft flight characteristics, a multi-objective optimization model of sector flight allocation strategy is established, and the influence of aviation meteorological conditions and different allocation strategy combinations on the optimal operation of sector is analyzed. To solve the multi-objective optimization model, the paper uses an evolutionary computation method in intelligence computing and takes non-dominated sorted genetic algorithm-II with elitist strategy (NSGA-II). Shanghai Area No.20 sector (ZSSSAR20) is selected as the case in this paper. Example verification reveals that taking number of contrails, fuel consumption and flight delays as the optimization targets, aircraft are more likely to rely on altitude deployment strategy so as to better reduce the impact of air traffic operation en route on environment, and improve sector operation efficiency en route.


Environment protection Sector operation Multi-objective optimization Fuel consumption Emission 



The authors acknowledge the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61671237).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Civil AviationNanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingChina

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