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Short-term consequences of radio communications blackout on the U.S. National Airspace System

R. Palacios, R.J. Hansman

Loss of Air Traffic Control (ATC) radio communication is considered a high consequence failure due to the potential increase in mid-air collision risk. An analysis was conducted to determine how quickly collision risk would increase after a full ATC communications failure, or blackout, to determine requirements for backup communication systems. The analysis was conducted for the enroute high-altitude environment and also for terminal area operations in the New York City region. Communication failure simulations were run every 15 minutes using 7 days of ETMS data for the entire U.S. airspace, and using 5 days of PDARS data for New York City region. Conflict rates were observed to increase beyond the baseline level within 1 minute of the simulated communication failure and to have increased by at least a factor of 4 within 5 minutes of the communication failure indicating the requirement for immediate backup ATC communications.


Palabras clave: Air Transportation; Air Traffic Management; Safety analysis; Mid-air collisions; Communications failure


Aerospace Science and Technology. Volumen: 29 Páginas: 426-433

Índice de impacto JCR y cuartil Scopus: JCR impact factor: 1.000 (2013); 2.829 (2018).

Referencia DOI: DOI icon 10.1016/j.ast.2013.04.012    

Publicado en papel: Agosto 2013.



Cita:
R. Palacios, R.J. Hansman. Short-term consequences of radio communications blackout on the U.S. National Airspace System. Aerospace Science and Technology. vol. 29, pp. 426-433, Agosto 2013.


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  • *Predicción y Análisis de Datos

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