Principal Technical Advisor for Terminal and Surface Aircraft Surveillance
Francis Coyne is a principal technical advisor for development and implementation of safety-critical National Airspace System (NAS) air traffic management systems. He is on the cutting edge of development of multi-lateration technology for aircraft surveillance as an alternative to rotating radars.
Coyne supported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as lead systems engineer for development of Airport Surface Detection Equipment X-band (ASDE-X). ASDE-X represents the first widespread use of the multi-lateration technology in the NAS, and is the most significant safety infrastructure investment by the FAA over the past two decades. In addition, Coyne supported FAA as lead engineer for two other applications of multi-lateration technology.
At Detroit's international airport, Coyne led the installation of the first multi-lateration-based Precision Runway Monitor (PRM-A), allowing safe operation of aircraft at closely spaced runways, resulting in greater airport capacity. Coyne was also selected by FAA to lead the first application of Wide Area Multi-lateration (WAM) to provide surveillance to remote Colorado airports, resulting in air traffic services available during weather conditions where, previously, no service was possible.
Coyne is currently supporting FAA in the role of lead engineer for the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program, which will provide automated flight information and traffic management decision support tools to air traffic control towers.
Coyne joined the U.S. DOT Volpe Center as a co-op student and continued as a permanent employee after receiving a degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.