W. J. Schart

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Abstract: Much of the radio equipment carried by a modern aircraft is devoted to the navigation problem. For example, there is the radio compass, whose job it is to tell the direction a known radio station is from the aircraft. There is also a radio equipment called the omnirange, whose function is similar to the radio compass. There is the DME, or distance measuring equipment, which tells how far the aircraft is from a known radio station. The radio range receiver is a part of the navigation equipment, which enables the aircraft to fly along a highway established by radio waves, from airport to airport. There is a glide slope radio receiver to help ease the plane down gently to teh ground, and a localizer receiver to tell the pilot he is on the road leading to the runway, and not on its shoulders. A radio altimeter tells how high the aircraft is from the ground, for an aircraft must navigate in three dimensinos. This list is not complete, but is representative.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 4
Pages: 155 - 160
Cite this article: Schart, W. J., "THE DEVELOPMENT OF AIRCRAFT RADIO-NAVIGATION ANTENNAS", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1954-1955, pp. 155-160.
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