Accession Number : AD0658537

Title :   AN ANALYSIS OF RUNWAY VISUAL RANGE.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : WEATHER BUREAU ATLANTIC CITY N J TEST AND EVALUATION LAB

Personal Author(s) : Lefkowitz,Matthew ; Schlatter,Ernest E.

Report Date : DEC 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 138

Abstract : The results of a controlled observational program were used to validate the credibility of the current runway visual range system, and to provide a basis whereby future visual range systems and lighting methods can be compared. It was found that the current runway visual range system concept is generally credible although certain areas were noted to be considered for modification. Runway visual range for day is conservative in that most static observers could see farther than the current system predicts. The static observer's visual range of runway lights by day does not conform to Allard's Law when the visual illuminance threshold value is fixed. Night runway visual range, as predicted by the current system, approximates the average visual range of the static observations and generally conforms to Allard's Law. The fact was established that runway visual range represents a probability of sighting light targets, and as such should be recognized by the user as not being an exact absolute value. A benchmark system is proposed whereby other visual range systems and lighting techniques can be compared.

Descriptors :   (*RUNWAYS, *VISIBILITY), MARKER LIGHTS, RANGE(DISTANCE), ILLUMINATION, THRESHOLDS(PHYSIOLOGY), VISION, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA, STANDARDS

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE