Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) Evaluation. Volume II. Equipped Threat Phase and an Assessment in an Error-Degraded Environment.
Final rept. Nov 81-Jan 82,
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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This report presents the results of certain aspects of Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System TCAS logic testing. It represents the second volume in a series of three reports. The report presents the results of analysis of both simulation and flight testing of the TCAS logic. The analysis was conducted between November 1981 and January 1982, at the Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center. The new TCAS logic significantly improved the resulting separation during encounters with TCAS equipped threats. Simplified command coordination procedures have increased command coordination reliability. Some minor logic modifications have been identified to further enhance TCAS logic performance for TCAS equipped threats. The performance of the logic in the presence of reduced surveillance link reliability was also analyzed. The link reliability level required to affect adequate resolution and separation was identified. This analysis was conducted in a measurement error-degraded environment. Review of flight test results indicate surveillance link reliability exceeds that required to affect adequate separation performance. Author
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