Flight Anomaly Tracking for Improved Situational Awareness: Case Study of Germanwings Flight 9525

Murat Yasar
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Commercial flights fly on airways under the direction of air traffic control. For safe air travel, flights are assigned a route that consists of various way points between airports. Recently, a new flight tracking technology, called Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS–B), is being implemented on board the aircrafts. ADS-B is a cooperative surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. This paper proposes a data-driven anomaly detection methodology, which uses the ADS-B data for flight tacking together with auxiliary information such as weather data in order to determine deviations from flight route and anomalous flight behaviors.

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flight anomalies
Data-driven detection methodologies
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Data-driven methods for fault detection, diagnosis, and prognosis
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