TRSB Microwave Landing System Demonstration Program at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
Final rept. 2 Dec 77-4 Jan 78.
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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The TRSB system demonstration at JFK in December 1977 was installed on Runway 13L and consisted of a 1 phased array azimuth subsystem, a 1.5 elevation subsystem with an antenna of the Rotman lens design, and a precision L-Band DME. A new laser tracker, previously untried in the field, was provided for precise aircraft position data, but due to calibration survey errors and data processing software problems, the tracker data was considered unusable. However, TRSB airborne recordings are available for several flights and provide a useful data output. During the operational demonstrations, national and international observers in the NASA B-737 aircraft flew the Canarsie approaches, under fully coupled and manual flight conditions to touchdown and rollout. These demonstrations highlighted the important capability of MLS to provide precision guidance over complex approach paths to a busy international airport.
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