A CONCEPT FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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To increase the number of aircraft which can operate safely in high traffic areas and to expedite traffic at busy airports, it is proposed that each commercial flight travel from terminal to terminal along a flight tube reserved for its exclusive use. To make this possible, an instrumentation system is described which would continuously provide an aircraft with both accurate position information and with instructions for progressing along any selected flight tube. Every few seconds each aircraft would report its identity, position and altitude via a digital air-to-ground data link to the Air Traffic Control ATC centers. This accurate, unambiguous information will enable the centers to monitor automatically all aircraft movements, and any deviation of an aircraft from an assigned flight plan would be detected by the computer and brought to the attention of the appropriate ATC controller.
- Computer Hardware
- Air Navigation and Guidance