AIRBORNE RADAR APPROACH SYSTEM FLIGHT TEST EXPERIMENT

This report presents the results of a comprehensive flight test experiment of an Airborne Radar Approach (ARA) system. The tests were performed within a 60 nautical mile radius of NAFEC in Atlantic City, N.J. Flight tests for ARA accuracy and procedures development were performed in both skin paint (and passive reflector) and single beacon radar operating modes. The flight test profiles and procedures were developed for the following reasons: (1) to assist the FAA and the user community in developing and certifying standard ARA procedures, associated weather minimums and obstacle clearance requirements; (2) to define and quantify specific ARA system functions and characteristics for use in a Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) document. The primary conclusions of this flight test experiment were: the Airborne Radar Approach System tested performed satisfactorily from both an accuracy and an operational viewpoint in the single beacon mode for all three airspace environments; the ARA performance in the skin paint mode showed two significant problems: (1) distinguishing landside targets was quite difficult and could cause operational problems, (2) offshore targets such as oil rigs provide bright returns but are not distinguishable from boats, lighthouses and buoys; the ARA performance in the reflector mode showed that very large reflector cross sections are required to provide positive target identification.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Systems Control Technology, Incorporated

    1611 North Kent Street, Suite 910
    Arlington, VA  USA  22209

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20591
  • Authors:
    • KING, L D
    • Adams, R J
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305772
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-79-99
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA79WA-4293
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 20 2002 12:00AM