OPERATIONAL EVALUATION OF AIR ROUTE SURVEILLANCE RADAR (ARSR) WEATHER SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, TYPE FAAER-240-003.
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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An Operational Evaluation was conducted at the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center to determine the operational utility of weather contours generated by the Air Route Surveillance Radar ARSR Weather Surveillance System, Type FAA-ER-240-003. The system was designed to present iso-amplitude contours of the weather. A solid-line contour of all the weather information detected by the system was presented to three ARTCC displays. It was concluded that the weather contours are operationally unsuitable for use in the Low Altitude Control Area due to the contouring of ground clutter and Anomalous Propagation AP. However, the weather contours with contoured ground clutter and AP can be tolerated and utilized operationally by the High Altitude Radar Controller. In addition, the contouring of Normal and MTI video could be accomplished by a low cost contouring device. It was recommended that the ARSR Weather Surveillance System not be used and a suitable weather contouring system be developed. It was further recommended that an interim low cost weather contouring device be developed for use by the High Altitude Radar Controller. Author
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