P. D. Hodgkins and N. J. Cafarelli

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Abstract: This paper describes the design considerations associated with the development of a flare guidance subsystem for the time reference scanning beam (TRSB) microwave landing system (MLS). The two basic concepts for providing MLS flare guidance information are examined; the touchdown zone and wind model are defined; technologies and equipment that are candidates for providing flare guidance are identified; the advantages of the MLS in providing a transition capability from glide slope to altimetry are discussed; various flare algorithms are tabulated, flare antenna option is presented with configuration decision guidelines; and flight test results are shown that demonstrate the guidance capability of the elevation antenna in the approach threshold vicinity.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 23, Number 3
Pages: 249 - 256
Cite this article: Hodgkins, P. D., Cafarelli, N. J., "DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR A FLARE GUIDANCE SUBSYSTEM", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 1976, pp. 249-256.
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