Reduced Horizontal Separation Minima (RHSM) Concept Exploration Simulation.
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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The Informal South Pacific Air Traffic Services Coordinating Group has been investigating a number of concepts to improve operational efficiency for flights in the Pacific Oceanic region. The Federal Aviation Administration FAA Air Traffic Requirements ATR-3 10 and Air Traffic Operations ATO-100 program offices tasked the Simulation and Systems Integration Branch ACT-540, in cooperation with the Oceanic and Offshore Integrated Product Team AUA-600, to explore the feasibility of implementing reduced oceanic aircraft separations. These organizations formed an Experimental Working Group to make high-level decisions regarding the implementation of the proposed separation standard. In response, ACT-540 formed a Research Team to design and conduct a concept exploration study at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. The Research Team led all efforts including the planning and design of the simulation and conduct of a simulation. The team also queried the controllers and compiled their responses regarding the proposed procedure. This report discusses the Reduced Horizontal Separation Minima RHSM concept exploration simulation. It describes the simulation, procedures, and tools developed to ascertain the experiences of individuals who participated. The concept exploration examined issues that might affect a controllers ability to manage reduced longitudinal separation in the oceanic environment. A demonstration of the RHSM concept was conducted in the Oceanic Laboratory at the Federal Aviation Administration FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center on November 6 and 7, 1996.
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