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Flight deck benefits of integrated data link communicationA fixed-base, piloted simulation study was conducted to determine the operational benefits that result when air traffic control (ATC) instructions are transmitted to the deck of a transport aircraft over a digital data link. The ATC instructions include altitude, airspeed, heading, radio frequency, and route assignment data. The interface between the flight deck and the data link was integrated with other subsystems of the airplane to facilitate data management. Data from the ATC instructions were distributed to the flight guidance and control system, the navigation system, and an automatically tuned communication radio. The co-pilot initiated the automation-assisted data distribution process. Digital communications and automated data distribution were compared with conventional voice radio communication and manual input of data into other subsystems of the simulated aircraft. Less time was required in the combined communication and data management process when data link ATC communication was integrated with the other subsystems. The test subjects, commercial airline pilots, provided favorable evaluations of both the digital communication and data management processes.
Document ID
19920012216
Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
Authors
Waller, Marvin C. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1992
Subject Category
AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.60:3219
L-16845
NASA-TP-3219
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-64-13-01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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