Impact of Low Altitude Coverage Requirements on Air-Ground Communications.
Final rept. Aug 80-Mar 81,
AMAF INDUSTRIES INC COLUMBIA MD
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A representative area of Appalachia surrounding Charleston, West Virginia is analyzed in terms of existing helicopter traffic patterns and communications facilities. Traffic patterns were established from telephone interviews with pilots flying this area regularly. Communications coverage was established from computer generated coverage contours obtained from the Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center ECAC and verified by pilot interviews and one flight test as reported by the FAA Technical Center. Techniques for improving coverage are discussed. These include two new remote communication outlets located in the mountains west and south of Beckley, W.Va., a high gain antenna at Charleston pointed in a southerly direction, the use of mobile radio telephone to permit pilots to access nearby telephone facilities when on the ground at a remote site, short range less than 150 miles, hf radio, and a discrete frequency for exclusive use by low-flying aircraft. FAA activities directed at improving communications to helicopter flying to and from offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico is presented in an Appendix. Author
- Radio Communications