Establishment Criteria for ASDE-3 (Airport Surface Detection Equipment).
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION SYSTEM PLANS
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This report develops establishment criteria for Airport Surface Detection Equipment ASDE-3 radar. ASDEs operational effectiveness must be considered primarily during periods of instrument flight rule IFR low visibility and during the busy hours after sunset when the visibility conditions are visual flight rule VFR. Controllers rarely refer to ASDE during the daylight hours when the entire airport is visible, and most indicate this would be the case regardless of the type and quality of the equipment. However, during periods of reduced visibility ASDE can assist the controllers by providing increased safety in the movement of aircraft while also expediting departures. Arrival rate is also aided under the same circumstances by providing positive assurance of nonoccupancy of runways by ground vehicles as well as aircraft. This analysis is the basis for the ASDE criteria that are published in Airway Planning Standard Number One. Based on a benefit versus cost analysis, the following establishment criteria have been developed The airport has a Category III runway or The airport has 180,000 or more annual itinerant operations, of which 100,000 or more are annual certificated route air carrier operations. Author
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment