FLIGHT TEST INVESTIGATION OF LORAN-C FOR CIVIL AVIATION APPLICATIONS

R. H. Pursel

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center has been actively pursuing the investigation of various types of RNAV systems for helicopter IFR operation as part of the FAA’s Helicopter Operations Development Program. Emphasis has been placed on the evaluation of LORAN-C, but data has been simultaneously collected on VOR/DME RNAV, and Omega system also. Flight test data has been collected, using both fmed and rotary wing aircraft, in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore New Jersey/Baltimore Canyon area, Appalachian areas, and on the Northeast Corridor experimental RNAV route. Most of the data collected to date has been concerned with the use of LORAN-C for enroute navigation purposes, and comprehensive reports are being prepared by the Technical Center on these efforts. The next phase of data collection will concentrate on the use of LORAN-C for non-precision approach applications.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 27, Number 3
Pages: 183 - 188
Cite this article: Pursel, R. H., "FLIGHT TEST INVESTIGATION OF LORAN-C FOR CIVIL AVIATION APPLICATIONS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1980, pp. 183-188.
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