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Application of an autonomous landing guidance system for civil and military aircraft
Author(s): Michael R. Franklin
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Paper Abstract

The ever increasing demand in the airline industry to reduce the costs associated with weather- related flight delays and cancellations has resulted in the need to be able to land an aircraft in low visibility. This has influenced research in recent years in the development of enhanced vision systems which allow all-weather operations, by providing both visual cues to the pilot and an independent integrity monitor. This research has focused on providing aircraft users with both enhanced performance and a cost effective landing solution with less dependence on ground systems, and has interested both the military and civil aircraft operator communities. The Autonomous Landing Guidance (ALG) system provides the capability to land in low visibility by displaying to the pilot an image of the real world without the need for an onboard Category II or III (CAT II/III) autoload system and without the associated ground facilities normally required. Besides the inherent advantage of saving the cost of expensive installations at airports, ALG also has the effect of inevitably solving the airport capacity problem, weather-related delays and diversions, and airport closures. Low visibility conditions typically cause the complete shutdown of smaller regional airports and reduces the availability of runways at major hubs, which creates a capacity problem to airlines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2463, Synthetic Vision for Vehicle Guidance and Control, (30 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212738
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Michael R. Franklin, Lear Astronics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2463:
Synthetic Vision for Vehicle Guidance and Control
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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