AIRPORT SURFACE TRAFFIC CONTROL CONCEPT FORMULATIONS STUDY. VOLUME I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This four-volume report presents system concepts for use in semi-automated airport surface traffic control at all positions in the tower cab of the major airports. The control functions and data requirements of a Ramp Control System, a ground Control System, and a Local Control System are presented. The concept development process has been based upon an extensive study of cab operations at O'Hare Airport. This effort has included extensive delay analysis, study of communication tapes, and personal observations of the widely-varying situations that are faced by tower controllers. Following the Operations Analysis effort, a detailed study of requirements was performed and is presented in Volume IV of this report. This requirements effort provided an estimate of the performance requirements of a surveillance sensor that would be required in a TAGS (Tower Automated Ground Surveillance) system for use in both good and poor visibility conditions. Detailed studies were made of the complex type of conflicts to be solved by both the Ground and Local Controllers and operational levels and densities were developed. One particular TAGS system concept (employing an ATCRBS Trilateration Surveillance Subsystem) is described in Volume I and an estimate is made of its deployment potential at major airports. Backup material on this concept in the form of a working paper is held by TSC. This working paper also includes synthetic digital display concepts for the three systems which have been summarized in Volume I. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Computer Sciences Corporation

    6565 Arlington Boulevard
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22046
  • Authors:
    • D'Alessandro, F
    • Heiser, W
    • Knights, G
    • Monteleon, P
    • Reffelt, R
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 79 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-75-1201 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-678
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM