Recent advances in technology, and growing airport congestion, delays, and threat of mid-air collision, are setting the scene for a new terminal area air traffic control system. A key element in the new air traffic control system will be the scanning beam microwave Instrument Landing System, now under -going final system specification by Special Committee 117 of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. This new landing sensor, coupled with other state-of-the-art technology, modification of certain FAA regulations and procedures, and wise system design and engineering, can result in a new approach and landing system capable of: (1) increasing airport capacity, (2) increasing terminal area safety, (3) providing the basis for all-weather operation, and (4) simultaneously providing a reduction in airport neighborhood noise. This paper describes the growing problem in the terminal areas, and the technology which can solve the problem. It lists technical objective to be achieved by the new technology and proposes an air traffic control system concept and aircraft guidance scheme which can result in realization of the objectives. The paper concludes with a recommendation for a vigorous program to develop the new system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Cherry, G W
    • De Wolf, B
    • Mackinnon, D
  • Publication Date: 1970

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  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155516
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-654
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM