A number of recommendations from a previous helicopter air traffic control (ATC) study (See Report FAA-RD-78-150) were examined. Those which appeared to have potential for early implementation were selected for further testing. The selected recommendations included: (1) dual-fix holding patterns to save airspace; (2) speed control procedures and short approach paths to save fuel; (3) various methods of reducing separation in order to increase airport or heliport capacity. Under item 3 above, a rationale for utilizing existing parallel approaches of helicopters and CTOL aircraft was presented for consideration. Extensive use of flight simulation and ATC simulation was recommended in order to reduce the time and cost of evaluating the potential improvements. The steps of the recommended simulation program were arranged in the order of ascending cost, to learn as much as possible about the subject as quickly as possible and to weed out or revise impractical solutions before they reach a more expensive stage of evaluation or development. A detailed simulation program was prepared using a modified factorial design in order to isolate the effects of changes in various parameters. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Rept. no. FAA/RD-78-150, AD-A072 793.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Automation Industries, Incorporated

    14000 Georgia Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD  United States  20910

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • FREUND, D J
    • VICKERS, T K
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 44 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326337
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-80-86
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA79WA-4279
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 30 2002 12:00AM