TERMINAL DISCRETE ADDRESS BEACON SYSTEM/AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (DABS/ATC) TECHNICAL TESTS

Test of the Discrete Address Beacon System (DABS) in an Automated Radar Terminal System (ARTS III) environment were conducted at this Center (NAFEC). To date, surveillance performance has been tested in evaluation areas of track swap, track initiation, and track loss, Surveillance related communications, including Common International Civil Aviation Organization Data Interchange Network protocol, have also been tested. Initial tests were conducted using the Air Traffic Control Simulation Facility to generate simulated DABS and Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS) targets. Results of test in both surveillance and surveillance--related communications have proven compatibility between DABS and the modified ARTS. To introduce the actual DABS sensor into the testing, the Aircraft Reply Interference and Environment Simulator (ARIES) was used to simulate aircraft replies from DABS and ATCRBS transponders. The replies were processed by DABS to generate DABS to generate DABS and ATCRBS target reports and transmitted to the Air Traffic Control facilities. Results of these tests showed that surveillance performance did not vary significantly from that of the earlier tests. More testing of the surveillance-related communications functions using ARIES/DABS inputs will be required before performance in this area can be adequately characterized. Since this is an interim report, some of the reported results are of a preliminary nature and have raised questions which are being investigated further.

  • 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:
    • Gavin, W
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

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  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-NA-80-4, FAA-RD-80-4
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 2002 12:00AM