Accession Number : AD0644715

Title :   ATC CONCEPTS FOR SUPERSONIC VEHICLES - PART I.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J

Personal Author(s) : Sluka,Andrew L.

Report Date : AUG 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : This report describes dynamic simulation studies which are a part of a joint Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) simulation program to determine what impact the Supersonic Transport (SST) will have on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) System, as well as the Air Traffic Control System impact on the supersonic transport operating characteristics. The simulation studies conducted at NAFEC, tested three ATC systems; Present, Experimental and Pictorial Display. These systems investigated current and special control procedures, increased separation standards, high and low priority handling, and pictorial display navigation capability for SSTs. A supersonic transport flight simulator located at NASA, Hampton, Virginia, and the FAA ATC simulators at Atlantic City, New Jersey, were tied together for these studies. Actual performance and handling characteristics of a fixed and variable sweep supersonic transport configuration were simulated. Results showed that penalties in the form of delay and reduced operation rates were incurred by other air traffic in each system in which increased separation standards and high priority treatment were provided to the SSTs. Low priority treatment and present day separation standards offer the most acceptable compromise between rigid SST priority and the flexibility needed by the ATC system. Current Air Route Traffic Control Center sectors were found to be too small for efficient control of aircraft operating at supersonic speeds. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT), (*SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT, SUPERSONIC FLIGHT), TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, HANDLING, NAVIGATION, FLIGHT PATHS, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, SONIC BOOM, WAKE, TURBULENCE

Subject Categories : Transport Aircraft
      Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE