A FLIGHT INVESTIGATION OF SYSTEM ACCURACIES AND OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES OF AN AIR TRANSPORT AREA NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Flight tests were conducted at the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center (NAFEC) using an Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC) Characteristic 582-4, 'Mark 2 Air Transport Area Navigation System' to investigate area navigation (RNAV) system accuracies and resultant airspace requirements with emphasis being given to the terminal area. The system was operated in various navigational configurations including dual very high frequency omni-directional radio range/distance measuring equipment (VOR/DME), single VOR/DME, and dual DME. Statistical data are presented for the various error components making up the RNAV total system error. Various operational capabilities were also investigated and graphical data are presented for parallel offsets, paralleling in turns, and turn anticipation. The most accurate modes were dual DME and dual VOR/DME with single VOR/DME being the least accurate. The feasibility of a Flight Technical Error (FTE) of less than + or - 1.0 nmi in the terminal area was also demonstrated. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  USA 
  • Authors:
    • PURSEL, R H
    • Edmonds, J D
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

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  • Pagination: 100 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00136773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-NA-75-71, FAA-RD-76-32
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2002 12:00AM