Accession Number : ADA180283

Title :   Integrated FAA Wind Shear Program Plan.

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC ASSOCIATE ADMR FOR DEVELOPMENT AND LOGISTICS

Report Date : APR 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : Wind shear can have serious and sometimes disastrous effects on the flight path of an aircraft, especially when encountered below 1.000 feet AGL. In the last 10 years, wind shear was a contributing factor in 14 major aircraft accidents, 4 of which resulted in a total of 401 casualties. Following these accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a number of recommendations urging the FAA to address the wind shear problem. Recommendations pertaining to wind shear were also issued by the National Research Council (NRC) in an in-depth study on wind shear published in 1983. The NTSB and NRC recommendations serve as a backdrop to the development of the Integrated FAA Wind Shear Program Plan. Program elements include education and training, ground sensors, airborne sensors, and flight guidance systems, terminal information systems, and low-level meteorological hazard characterization. The plan emphasized how each program element operationally relates to the others and incrementally adds to the overall National Airspace System safety. Other branches of the government, the industry, aviation community and the academic sector are also involved in developing this program. This report outlines FAA's efforts to address the wind shear hazard, and to facilitate the transfer of technology to the operational arena. Keywords: Aviation safety; Lidar; Airport terminal areas; Weather; Thunderstorms; Radar.

Descriptors :   *AVIATION SAFETY, *WIND SHEAR, SCHOOLS, AIRBORNE, DETECTORS, AVIATION ACCIDENTS, AERONAUTICS, COMMUNITIES, FLIGHT, GUIDANCE, DETECTORS, GROUND LEVEL, AIRCRAFT, AIRPORTS, FLIGHT PATHS, INDUSTRIES, TRAINING, DETECTION, AVOIDANCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT, OPTICAL RADAR, SYSTEM SAFETY, RADAR, THUNDERSTORMS, WEATHER, PLANNING, LOW LEVEL, METEOROLOGY, SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, HAZARDS

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Commercial and General Aviation
      Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE