Target Acquisition Contours Generated for RCAG/BUEC Sites in the Contiguous United States.
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The Federal Aviation Administration FAA requested the Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center ECAC to investigate the effects of terrain on air-ground communications between air traffic controllers and aircraft. ECAC produced terrain-dependent coverage overlays at various altitudes for each Remote Communications AirGround RCAG and Backup Emergency Communications BUEC site in the contiguous United States. The ECAC Target Acquisition Model TAM was used to produce acquisition overlays for each RCAGBUEC site. Data pertinent to each site was acquired from ECAC data files. This data was verified and updated by the FAA before each site was run through the TAM program. Aircraft altitudes above mean sea level and topographic data for 360 one-degree radials around the site out to 100 nautical miles were used as inputs to the TAM. The acquisition overlays were photo-reduced over standard World Aeronautical Charts. The photo-reduced overlays were then combined into nine books, one for each FAA region in the contiguous United States. Author
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Radio Communications