This report summarizes the results of a study to design, develop, and implement a 3D/4D Area Navigation System for increasing aviation system capacity in the terminal area. Varying degrees of ATC and airborne system capability were assumed. The concepts developed are compatible with mixed airborne equipment capabilities. The 3D terminal area procedures should result in reduced ATC communications through the use of 3D STAR's for nominal profile definition. Reverse fans and base offsets are used for impromptu path modifications. Increased safety should result by maintaining navigation in the cockpit. The 4D procedures rely on a computer aided ATC metering and spacing system. The use of RNAV STAR's is expected to substantially improve the M and S algorithm development, controller interface design, and pilot tracking accuracies. The final avionics design has the capability for emulating two types of avionics equipments: one representing a minimum capability leg-at-a time, station referenced RNAV system and one representing a sophisticated route oriented, geographic referenced RNAV system. Real time cockpit simulations were performed to determine the adequacy of the pilot interface design and the performance capability. The system has been delivered to the FAA for actual flight testing. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Rockwell International

    Collins Avionics Division
    Cedar Rapids, IA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Bruckner, JMH
    • Benson, F B
    • McCormick, L J
    • Sharpe, T G
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 94 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181324
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-77-89-Vol 1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA72WA-3123
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1979 12:00AM