A Statistical Analysis of Balked Landing Approaches for the Airbus A380 under GBAS Guidance

J.G. Higuera, H.J. Kumin, J.E. Fagan, and G. McCartor

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Abstract: This study was undertaken to determine whether a Code E Obstacle Free Zone (OFZ) can safely accommodate a Code F aircraft such as the Airbus A380. Flight simulator data for the Airbus A380 was statistically analyzed and compared to FAA and ICAO standards. Thirty-two different scenarios and a total of 356 runs were executed with the simulator configured to match A380 performance characteristics. In each of these scenarios, a GPS Ground Based Augmentation System (GPS GBAS) approach was simulated for two different runways at JFK International Airport and Denver Stapleton Airport. During each of the simulated approaches, a balked landing procedure was called for at different altitudes. Two and six sigma analyses were performed using plots for lateral and vertical deviation versus the distance to the touchdown area on the runway. The purpose of this analysis was to determine where the airplane was expected to be during the balked landing procedure.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 56, Number 3
Pages: 175 - 184
Cite this article: Higuera, J.G., Kumin, H.J., Fagan, J.E., McCartor, G., "A Statistical Analysis of Balked Landing Approaches for the Airbus A380 under GBAS Guidance", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 56, No. 3, Fall 2009, pp. 175-184.
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