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Wind shear detection systems
Author(s): Carl P. McCullogh
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Paper Abstract

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an integrated program to provide wind shear detection and warning at selected airports throughout the United States. The program consists of both ground and aircraft-based sensors, as well as the development of procedures and training aids for pilots and controllers. Selection of airport for ground-based systems was based on the current and projected operations tempo and on the frequency of thunderstorms, the principal cause of hazardous wind shear events. The FAA's procurement of ground-based systems is managed within a wind shear product line in the agency's integrated product team for surveillance and weather. Included in the product line are the terminal doppler weather radar, the low level wind shear alert system, and the airport surveillance radar-weather system processor. These three systems, coupled with new procedures and improved training, bring a truly integrated approach to solving a serious safety problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2737, Air Traffic Control Technologies II, (27 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241054
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Carl P. McCullogh, Federal Aviation Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2737:
Air Traffic Control Technologies II
Robert G. Otto; James Lenz; Russell Targ, Editor(s)

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