A computer graphics display program is developed for use in terminal area studies and V/STOL approach and departure path synthesis. The computer processes inputs describing the terminal area and accompanying constraints and displays on a cathode ray tube the airspace utilization model, a three dimensional image representation of the constraints at a given altitude. Extensive machine/operator interaction is provided to select various constraint criteria, to plan approaches and departures and to check the results through viewing and teletype output. The program is general and may be applied to a number of terminal areas. The programs' applicability and usefulness is demonstrated in the analyses of several proposed VTOL port sites in the Northeast Corridor. Approach and departure paths are developed for each site and observations are made regarding flight path characteristics. The computer display leads to drastic reductions in time and effort over a comparable manual task in terminal area studies.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • De Maio, D A
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Pagination: 95 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155525
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM