Accession Number : ADA331597

Title :   Low-Cost ASDE Evaluation Report: Raytheon ASDE (Phase II) Radar at MKE (M3625 / 18CPX-12)

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 96-Mar 97

Corporate Author : TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGEMA

Personal Author(s) : Bandon, C. ; Baker, K. ; Blasier, J. ; Bouchard, F. ; Coyne, F.

PDF Url : ADA331597

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 178

Abstract : The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Runway incursion Reduction Program's Terminal Surveillance product Team has tasked the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to install and evaluate low cost Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) radar systems to aid air traffic controllers, during low visibility conditions, to detect surface radar targets and sequence aircraft movement on active runways. This document publishes test results of the Raytheon ASDE installed at Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport. The low cost radars are being assessed for their ground surveillance potential for widespread use at smaller facilities. The report includes radar components and specifications, installation summary, functional and operational evaluations, system performance analysis, and recommendations. Test results show that, in low visibility conditions, the system enhanced controllers' situational awareness, detected and displayed targets, aided movement area clearance, and enabled controllers to confirm pilot's reported positions on the surface and their compliance with tower instructions. The ASDE's positive initial acceptance and low cost make it a sound option for small airports seeking effective ground surveillance radar.

Descriptors :   *AIRPORT RADAR SYSTEMS, *RUNWAYS, *AIR TRAFFIC, COST EFFECTIVENESS, AIRPORT CONTROL TOWERS, GROUND CONTROLLED APPROACH RADAR, COMMERCIAL AVIATION, RADAR EQUIPMENT, RADAR TARGETS, AVIATION SAFETY, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, SURFACE TARGETS, TARGET POSITION INDICATORS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TERMINAL AREAS.

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Commercial and General Aviation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE