Accession Number : ADA302910

Title :   Oceanic In-Trail Climb Full Mission Simulation Experiment Plan and Results.

Descriptive Note : Technical note Feb-Aug 94.

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

PDF Url : ADA302910

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 94

Abstract : This document describes the experiment plan and test results from an In-Trail Climb (ITC) end-to-end simulation study. This study was conducted by the National Simulation Capability ITC Experimentation Working Group at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center. The ITC procedure was developed by the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) Separation Assistance Working Group. The procedure enables an aircraft, traveling in oceanic non-radar controlled airspace, to climb through the altitude of an aircraft ahead when positive lead aircraft identification and separation distance can be established using TCAS. End-to-end simulations were conducted at the FAA Technical Center utilizing the Oceanic Development Facility and the Reconfigurable Cockpit Simulator. Simulation participants included two flight crews from Delta and United Airlines, two FAA oceanic controllers, and an Aeronautical Radio, Inc. radio operator. The end-to-end simulation consisted of one scenario, with six individual conditions, involving eastbound and westbound tracks in Pacific oceanic airspace. Flight crews used a checklist derived from ITC Training Bulletins as a guide to evaluate the applicability of the maneuver. FAA, airline, and industry observers present at the test considered the simulation to be a success. As a result of the simulation, the proposed training guide was updated. Conclusions reached from this effort indicate that real time, human-in-the-loop simulations, with flight crews and controllers, are effective for the evaluation of proposed procedures. The scenarios tested demonstrated that the ITC procedure is safe and ready for approval, as assessed in the simulated conditions described in this study.

Descriptors :   *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, *FREE FLIGHT, *RATE OF CLIMB INDICATORS, TEST AND EVALUATION, SIMULATORS, SCENARIOS, OBSERVERS, SIMULATION, FLIGHT TESTING, CONTROL SYSTEMS, INDUSTRIES, AIRCRAFT, COCKPITS, FLIGHT CREWS, REAL TIME, TRAFFIC, OPERATIONAL READINESS, FACILITIES, COMMERCIAL AVIATION, IDENTIFICATION, AIR SPACE, SEPARATION, MANEUVERS, OCEANS, PACIFIC OCEAN, RANGE(DISTANCE), COLLISION AVOIDANCE, LEAD TIME, RADIO OPERATORS.

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE