In order to cope with often difficult dark fogbound airports, aviation surveillance and communication systems engineers have designed new technologies to assist in the derivation of the positions of nearby aircraft. Two capabilities have been specifically worked on. The first is called the Surface Area Movement Management 1 and is designed to reduce the number of runway incursions and ground collisions at airports by giving visual warnings of approaching conflicts. The second is a similar system that provides spatial data for aircraft as they approach the airport. Although such a system may seem to unsettle certain protocols centered on air traffic control (ATC), there are already many such devices in use, albeit of lesser technological quality. Tests conducted by UPS determined that this technology could lead to a savings of as much as 465 lbs. of fuel per flight as a result of more accurate in-cockpit spacing.

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  • Publication Date: 2005-10


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  • Accession Number: 01007014
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:35AM