Korn, Bernd and Lorenz, Bernd and Doehler, Hans-Ullrich and Toebben, Helmut and Hecker, Peter (2005) Passive “Radar-PAPI” Landing Aids for precision straight-in Approach and Landing in low visibility. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 4 (2), pp. 13-38. Publication of the FAA Acadamy. ISSN 1546-3214.
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Feasibility of a “Radar-PAPI” concept is examined that may act in low visibility like the visual PAPI landing aids in good visibility. This concept is built on three technological elements. First, the aircraft must be equipped with a forward-looking millimeter wave radar. Second, runway-marking retro-reflectors must be placed along the runway. Finally, another set of reflectors is needed to generate information on glide slope deviations. In a first field study, flight trials were completed to sample radar images. A subsequent low-fidelity part-task simulation was performed to answer the question as to how efficiently this kind of radar images can be utilized by pilots. Finally, an empirical study examined different options as to how to implement the Radar-PAPI concept in the cockpit. Results suggest that pilots learn the extraction of the visual cues from radar images surprisingly fast with the help of cue augmentation provided by retro-reflectors. Transformation of the usual plane-view display of the radar image to a three-dimensional perspective representation was associated with best pilot performance. In conclusion, ‘Radar-PAPI ‘ passive landing aids may be a feasible option implying a low level of automation to support low-visibility straight-in landings particularly for military operation.
|Title:||Passive “Radar-PAPI” Landing Aids for precision straight-in Approach and Landing in low visibility|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 13-38|
|Publisher:||Publication of the FAA Acadamy|
|Keywords:||EVS, Low Visibility, Human Factors Study, MMW Radar, Enhanced Vision, Landing System|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)|
|HGF - Program:||Aeronautics|
|HGF - Program Themes:||L SF - Safe and Efficient Air Traffic Guidance (old)|
|DLR - Research area:||Aeronautics|
|DLR - Program:||L SF - Safe and Efficient Air Traffic Guidance|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||L - Human Factors and Safety in Aeronautics|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Flight Control|
|Deposited By:||Dr.-Ing. Bernd Korn|
|Deposited On:||10 Feb 2006|
|Last Modified:||27 Apr 2009 04:54|
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