TEST AND EVALUATION OF AIR/GROUND COMMUNICATIONS FOR HELICOPTER OPERATIONS IN THE OFFSHORE NEW JERSEY, BALTIMORE CANYON OIL EXPLORATION AREA

Helicopter instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the offshore oil drilling areas are creating a need for low-level extended range air/ground (A/G) communications. This report describes the communications equipment and concepts used for helicopter IFR operations in the offshore New Jersey, Baltimore Canyon oil exploration area. Various types of very high frequency (VHF) high-gain directional antenna arrays were installed and flight tested to determine the degree of A/G communications coverage provided. Both the flight test data and more than 1 year of operational experience have shown that reliable A/G communications that can support IFR operations are obtainable throughout the offshore New Jersey oil exploration area by using high-gain directional antennas. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  USA 

    Federal Aviation Administration

    William J. Hughes Technical Center, Airport Technology Research and Development Branch
    Atlantic City International Airport
    Atlantic City, NJ  USA  08405
  • Authors:
    • Coyle, J J
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-NA-79-22, FAA-RD-79-123
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2002 12:00AM