A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

An overview of past, present, and future air traffic control measures are presented. Instrument Landing System (ILS), Instrument Flight Rule (IFR), airborne radar beacons, air traffic controllers, reliance on voice communication and holding patterns are examined from the point of view of their weaknesses and short comings. Takeoff and landing problems associated with high density traffic areas such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are also discussed. Possible solutions to airport conjestion include giving fricrity to airlines during peak hours, restricting general aviation flight into heavy density airports to off peak hours, and using a system of economic penalties that would increase fees at busy airports. A general discussion on transponders, a system which would permit a more accurate poistioning of flights than is presently possilbe, is included.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139
  • Authors:
    • Hodges, D
  • Publication Date: 1970-12-16

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00073994
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: FLIGHT TRANSPORTATION LABORATORY, MIT DEPT. OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 16.752J
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1974 12:00AM