Accession Number:

ADA214113

Title:

Rotorcraft Low Altitude CNS (Communications, Navigation and Surveillance) Benefit/Cost Analysis, Rotorcraft Operations Data

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

SYSTEMS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY INC ARLINGTON VA

Report Date:

1989-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

159.0

Abstract:

Communications, navigation, and surveillance CNS services are readily available at the altitudes flown by most fixed-wing aircraft. They are not, however, always available at the lower altitudes at which most rotary-wing aircraft operate. The objective of this study is to determine if there is an economic basis for improvement of these low altitude CNS services within the National Airspace System NAS in order to better support rotorcraft operations. The Rotorcraft Master Plan advocates the establishment of additional CNS facilities as well as the analysis and development of systems to satisfy the increasing demand for widespread IFR rotorcraft operations within the NAS. The findings of this study will aid in the FAA decisionmaking in that regard. In view of prior implementation decisions on Loran-C, the emphasis in this effort is on communications and surveillance. This interim report provides background data on the rotorcraft industry as it exists today, as well as forecasts to the year 2007 for the purpose of providing operational data for analyses of long-term CNS benefits and costs. It describes rotorcraft missions selects those most likely to benefit from increased availability of CNS services identifies the probability of various ceiling and visibility combinations within selected rotorcraft operating areas and presents an inventory of rotorcraft activity by mission and location. kr

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE