DOPPLER SYSTEMS APPLIED TO AREA NAVIGATION

F. Carpiniello and H. Buell

Abstract: GENERAL AVIATION is faced with the problem of traffic congestion. The present navigational methods are based on the use of VOR/DME/TACAN ground facilities resulting in routes directly to and from the ground stations. Toward relieving the problem, a logical method is the utilization of airspace or corridors removed from and essentially parallel to the VOR/DME ground facilities. These corridors would be defined and maintained relative to the VOR/DME ground structure. The method described is termed AREA Navigation. Systems that satisfy the requirement of R-NAV typically navigate relative to way points within the corridor. The intent of this paper is to show why and how Doppler navigation equipment is suited to the requirements of R-NAV. The discussion points out the advantages of self-contained Doppler navigation systems such as versatility of routes, continuous velocity vector data for controlled arrival time, and accuracy with little or no need to update. A description is given of an R-NAV system comprised of a particular Doppler velocity sensor with optional navigational computer sets. The presentation of specific equipment relates real, operational hardware to the area navigation problem.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 19, Number 3
Pages: 260 - 265
Cite this article: Carpiniello, F., Buell, H., "DOPPLER SYSTEMS APPLIED TO AREA NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 1972, pp. 260-265.
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