Accession Number : ADA290136

Title :   Prototype Stop Bar System Evaluation At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

Personal Author(s) : Katz, Eric

PDF Url : ADA290136

Report Date : NOV 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : An interim United States stop bar specification was developed by the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center. Using the guidance material contained in the interim specification, a full-scale prototype stop bar system was installed to protect runway 16R/34L at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The system consists of two stop bars which incorporate both inset and elevated red light fixtures. Associated with each stop bar are green inset lead-on lights and microwave detectors that provide for automatic switching of the stop bar/lead-on light segments. Once installed, the SEA stop bar system was operated during air traffic controller training sessions and under actual low-visibility weather conditions for evaluation and user organization familiarization. Air traffic controller and air-carrier pilot questionnaires were distributed and returned to the FAA Technical Center for analysis after completion. The questionnaires were designed to solicit information regarding the effectiveness and reliability of the stop bar system. As a result of the evaluation, the U.S. stop bar lighting configuration, as developed and described in the interim specification, was found to be satisfactory and acceptable to user pilots. (AN)

Descriptors :   *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, *AIRPORTS, *APPROACH LIGHTS, SPECIFICATIONS, ACCEPTANCE TESTS, PILOTS, PROTOTYPES, RELIABILITY, VISIBILITY, USER NEEDS, CIVIL AVIATION, MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, AVIATION SAFETY, RUNWAYS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, ALL WEATHER AVIATION, NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, INDICATOR LIGHTS.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Navigation and Guidance
      Commercial and General Aviation
      Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE