NASA Director of Airspace Operations and Safety John Cavolowsky discusses coming changes in aeronautics, unmanned aerial systems, and how to find inspiration beyond aviation.
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"What Are the Challenges and Payoffs for UAS to Operate in the National Airspace?” by David Barstow. Printed in the Spring 2014 issue of Air Traffic Control. Posted with permission from the Air Traffic Control Association; first published in The Journal of Air Traffic Control.
A listing of web pages related to instrument procedures.
Volpe gathered publicly available documents in order to understand instrument procedures from both development and research perspectives. Documents are categorized based on their source and type.
Volpe is examining chart formats and the use of information from the charts. The research on chart formats explores ways to improve the readability of a chart when there is a lot of information is presented in a small space.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are transitioning to Performance Based Navigation (PBN).
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are transitioning to Performance Based Navigation (PBN). PBN instrument procedures based on Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) offer significant safety improvements along with new levels of flexibility to negotiate terrain, airspace, and environmental considerations. There are human factors issues associated with the design, depiction, and implementation of these new procedures because they can result in paths that are complex to fly and typically require the assistance of a Flight Management System (FMS) to negotiate precise speed, altitude, and lateral path constraints.
The primary safety concern with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is the inability of remote operators to “see and avoid” other aircraft. Volpe has worked with the U.S. Air Force to develop and deploy a low-cost automated solution that is helping accelerate the safe integration of drones into the national airspace.