Spatial input data for computing air-taxi flight routes in restricted and protected air spaces in New Yerk City (USA)

Published: 22-06-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/b3n53j747h.1
Moritz Jan Hildemann,
Carlos Javier Delgado


The data set contains spatial data, which can be used for computing or optimizing flight routes for air taxis in New York City. The input data consists of: 1. Transportation noise map (transport_noise.tif) The transport noise was downloaded from the U.S. transport department, is called "National Transportation Noise Map, 2014". The only adjustment was, that the raster file was clipped to the study area of New York city. 2. 3D restricted and protected air space (restricted_and_protected_airspace_point_boundary.shp and restricted_airspace_point_boundary.shp) Shapefiles from OpenStreetMap containing land usages, shapefiles from Open Data New York containing roof top heights and airport flight corridors combined were used to generate the 3D geofences. Restricted air spaces are protected by law (e.g. areas close to airports) and protected air spaces (e.g. schools, hospitals) are derived by computing buffers with assigned buffer-distances depending on the land use on the ground. 3. Least flight height surface (least_flight_height_surface.tif) This raster file describes the minimal allowed flight height at each position relative to the ground/rootops at the ground. It also includes the rasterized 3D geofences. 4. Example flight route (example_flight_route.shp) This shapefile contains an exemplary flight route, which minimizes the accumulated distance between the two end points. All data can be opened with any Geographical Information System, for example ArcGIS (Esri) or the Open Source Version QGIS . The coordinate system for all data is: NAD 1983 StatePlane New York Long Isl FIPS 3104 (Meters).


Steps to reproduce

A complete workflow for reproducing all this data can be found in folder 5. The toolbox can be opened with the GIS Software ArcGIS. It contains all steps from computing the 3D geofences, the least flight height raster and the example flight route. The complete methodology to compute these files can be found in the attached short paper.