Title page for ETD etd-12132002-115036

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Florin, Charles Henri
Author's Email Address chflorin@voila.fr
URN etd-12132002-115036
Title Automated Traffic Control for Smart Landing Facilities
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Pratt, Timothy J. Committee Chair
Reed, Jeffrey Hugh Committee Member
Woerner, Brain D. Committee Member
  • Mode S
  • Secondary Radar
  • PLL
  • ATC
  • SLF
  • ADS-B
  • TCAS
  • SATS
Date of Defense 2002-12-06
Availability unrestricted
The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) is a partnership between the FAA, the NASA, US aviation companies, universities and state and local aviation officials. The purpose of SATS is to develop a system to handle future increase in Air Traffic, reduce time-travel, develop automation in

Air Traffic Control (ATC) and make better use of small aircraft and underused airports. The Smart Landing Facility (SLF) is an important part of

the program. The SLF is a small airport upgraded with equipment to support SATS aircraft. Among the SLF equipment, SATS needs new detection equipment, and eventually automation.

This thesis investigates different techniques to avoid data collision in aircraft radar responses, and to reduce delays between landings and take offs. First, the paper shows how and when the radar receiver can separate two overlapped radar responses. Second, to avoid transponders responses overlapping, requirements in terms of aircraft safety distance are computed, different conflicts in air traffic around the SLF are examined and a

solution is proposed for each case. And finally, the thesis investigates how far SATS can go in developing an automatic ATC system and what the role of future human operator will be in ATC.

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