Accession Number : AD0607247

Title :   PILOT-TO-FORECASTER SERVICE.

Descriptive Note : Final evaluation rept.,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH PITTSBURGH PA

Personal Author(s) : Purifoy,George R. ,Jr. ; Schaeffer,Janice A.

Report Date : JUN 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : The Pilot-to-Forecaster Service (PTFS) test was designed to examine a weather support concept of direct radio access by civil pilots to an aviation forecaster. Three separate configurations were evaluated to determine their effectiveness in providing weather information support to aviation and air traffic control: (1) PTFS colocated with an ARTC center and having multiple discrete frequency remote transmitter-receiver outlets, (2) PTFS co-located with a Weather Bureau FAWS and having a single discrete frequency transmitter-receiver outlet, and (3) phone-patch communications between PTFS and multiple Flight Service Stations (FSS). In general, the evaluation findings were that: PTFS, in any of its tested configurations, was a highly effective component of the aviation weather system; Discrete frequency operation was superior to phone-patch operation; and, PTFS colocated with the ARTC center provided a greater amount of useful weather support to the process of air traffic control than did PTFS co-located with the FAWS.

Descriptors :   (*WEATHER FORECASTING, AVIATION SAFETY), (*AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, WEATHER COMMUNICATIONS), (*AVIATION SAFETY, WEATHER FORECASTING), PILOTS, CIVIL AVIATION, TERMINAL FLIGHT FACILITIES, COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, ALL WEATHER AVIATION, INTERCOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE