Current ATC procedures do not consider instrument approaches to more than two parallel runways. This document discusses the engineering results of an analysis that examined the technical feasibility of conducting triple parallel instrument approaches as a means of increasing the aircraft flow at congested airports. The technical criteria that were subjected to analysis include the physical characteristics of the airfield, airspace and aircraft mix, surveillance (the radar and display systems), and control (procedures for normal and abnormal operations. The expected performance in safety and capacity was estimated for alternative landing concepts. An analysis was conducted of blunders and evasion strategies. It was found that, for a given configuration, a single blunder recovery strategy could be specified that would produce acceptable separations between aircraft. Missed approaches on triple parallels and pilot acceptance of triple approaches are also discussed. Lastly, recommended requirements and control procedures for triple parallel instrument approaches are presented. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    MITRE Corporation

    Bedford, MA  United States 

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Shimi, T N
    • Swedish, W J
    • Newman, L C
  • Publication Date: 1981-7

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  • Pagination: 148 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00346654
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MTR-81W145, FAA-EM-81-12
  • Contract Numbers: DTFA01-81-C-10001
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 29 2003 12:00AM