Surveillance and Collision Avoidance for NextGen
Wolfgang Schuster, Imperial College London
This short course will discuss current and planned surveillance systems for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and Europe’s Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR), and methods to assure aircraft separation and avoid midair collisions. Surveillance systems will play an important role in detecting, validating, and characterizing cooperative and non-cooperative air vehicles in and approaching the National Airspace System (NAS). This course will discuss independent non-cooperative (i.e. primary surveillance radar), independent cooperative (i.e secondary surveillance radar and multi-lateration) and dependent cooperative systems such as ADS-B and TIS-B. Much focus will be placed on the role of the latter systems in Aircraft Surveillance Application Systems (ASAS) such as conflict detection and enhanced visual. Furthermore, this course will address aircraft collision avoidance systems (ACAS) such as the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II and discuss the future use of improved surveillance through ADS-B for ACAS.