TEST AND EVALUATION OF THE AIRPORT SURVEILLANCE RADAR (ASR)-8 WIND SHEAR DETECTION SYSTEM (PHASE II)

A wind shear detection system developed by the Wave Propagation Laboratory to operate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR)-8 was installed and is being tested at the FAA Technical Center. Second phase tests compared radar with aircraft and tower winds, evaluated the wind shear measurement capability under various weather conditions, and investigated the effectiveness of a simple two-azimuth pointing strategy and system capabilities and limitations. Results showed the system to be compatible with and to operate satisfactorily with the ASR-8. The processing and spectral display of clear air and precipitation returns is feasible. The accuracy of agreement between radar-measured winds and components of the aircraft-measured winds in both radially oriented flights and runway offset flights, using a two-azimuth pointing technique, was examined. Radar versus tower wind agreement was also examined. Potentially dangerous wind shears associated with weather during these tests were detectable. Certain system limitations also have been defined and considered. It is recommended that tests continue to complete definition of and demonstrate capabilities in all weather situations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  United States 

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • OFFI, D L
    • Lewis, W
    • Lee, T
    • DeLaMarche, A
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318397
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-NA-80-17, FAA/RD-80/21
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 8 2002 12:00AM