Academic Programme

MA4705  Aircraft Navigation and Flight Computers

This course aims to introduce to students basic concepts of aircraft navigation systems, and various instruments and sensors used for aircraft navigation and flight control, methods of processing the navigation data, flight computers, avionics and issues related to flight hardware and software implementation for autopilot systems. The course will cover topics such as Introduction to Signal and Processes; Radio and Inertial Navigation; Basics of Navigation Data Processing; Fundamental and Trend of Flight Computers and Flight Control Systems.

MA4880 – Airport Operations and Systems

This course aims to introduce airport operations and airport systems to undergraduate mechanical & aerospace engineering students. This course is designed for you to understand how airports function, are designed and planned. The course will cover fundamental concepts in airport operation for both air side (runway, taxiway, navigation aids) well as ground side (design of terminals and passenger buildings). The course will also cover system aspects of airport development such as capacity modelling, demand modelling and delay analysis. The course assumes that you would need to deal with current issues as well as future challenges in airport planning, design, and management. It focuses on the actual problems that arises and on practical, effective ways of dealing with them. The course will cover three important aspects of an airport: 1) planning the airport system, 2) aircraft runway performance, and 3) analysis methods used in airport modelling.  The course will cover topics such as Introduction to Signal and Processes; Radio and Inertial Navigation; Basics of Navigation Data Processing; Fundamental and Trend of Flight Computers and Flight Control Systems.

MA4881 – Air Traffic Management

This course aims to introduce you to Air Traffic Management (ATM). The course will cover fundamental concepts in ATM such as communication, navigation and surveillance as well as Air Traffic Control operations and procedures. The course will also introduce the role of airports and impact of weather in ATM. You will learn about environmental impact of aviation and human factor issues in air traffic. Advanced ATM concepts and future air traffic research programs i.e. SESAR and NextGen will also be introduced. The course also aims to deliver hands-on-simulation of control tower and approach radar. You will learn about quantitative modelling of Air Traffic Control (ATC) problems and will also do a field visit. The course will highlight the important role Singapore plays in the Asia-Pacific region’s air traffic management and the future challenges to the regional air transportation. 

M6932 – The Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control

An elective course under MSc (Systems and Project Management) Programme in MAE. The course will be covered in 39 hours across 13 weekly lectures of 3 hours each. This course addresses the fundamentals of air traffic control (ATC), which is the most crucial and essential element in daily air traffic operations and in understanding the complex interdependencies of air traffic management. More information can be found in the link:

M6932 will be offered in semester 1 (from August to November) starting AY2019-2020. Classes are held in the evenings from 6:45 PM to 9:45 PM on weekdays. Teaching schedule will be available by April.   Click here for the training schedule.


Final Year Projects

A total of 141 undergraduate students have taken up ATM-related projects as their Final Year Projects (FYP) since AY14/15. This will form part of the initiatives to instill and develop interests in ATM among the students. The following are some projects which the students have undertaken:

  • 4D-Trajectories on Air Traffic Control

  • Comparison of Support Vector Machines and Reinforcement Learning Method for Optimal Taxi-out Time Prediction at Changi Airport

  • Distributed Air Traffic Flow Management and Flight Plan Generation for the ASEAN Region

  • Integration on UAS/RPAS in Urban Airspace

  • Hybrid Vertical Take-off and Landing-Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

  • Development of an Unmanned Aerial System Test Stand for GPS-Denied Navigation System

  • Remote Eye Tracker’s Accuracy and Precision in Air Traffic Control Environment

  • Analysis of Air Traffic Controllers’ Situation Awareness and Workload: A Physiological Approach

  • New Generation Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems

  • Impact of Wake Vortex on Air Traffic Control Procedures and Developments

  • Remote Tower Operations

  • Workload Index and Performance of Air Traffic Controllers

  • Unstable Approach in Aviation Causal Factors and Preventive Interventions

  • Maximising Airport Runway Throughput via Sequencing Arrival Schedule

  • Sectorless Air Traffic Control

  • City Pair Passenger Demand Forecasting Study

Click here for the academic projects on Air Traffic Management.