The first of 60 new electronic systems that promise greater safety for air travellers have been installed by the Federal Aviation Agency.
MS - Controller at conventional radar
MS - Jet (707)
MS - Controller
CU - Conventional radar
MS - Bright Display
CU - Video mapping
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MS - Technicians
MS - Controller - grease pencil
MS - Bright Display Controllers
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MS - Conventional radar controllers
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Background: The first of 60 new electronic systems that promise greater safety for air travellers have been installed by the Federal Aviation Agency.
Here is an air-traffic controller. He's sitting at a conventional radar scope keeping track of today's jet travellers. To FAA controllers on the ground, planes miles away appear as tiny blips of light. These radar images fade from view rapidly.
Compare this with bright display shown here at Indianapolis, the new way of monitoring air traffic. One feature is this electronic map -- a reference to help controllers really pinpoint planes' position.
Developed and produced by Raytheon Company, bright display systems combine the most advanced radar and television techniques. The conventional radar images are converted to television signals about twice as bright as your own TV picture.
Because the conventional radar blips fade, controllers have used grease pencils to mark a plane's position on the radar scopes.
Now, Raytheon's new bright display system preserves these blips electronically. At the left of your screen are two planes. With each sweep of the radar beam, a new "blip" is added to past signals to form a moving picture of each plane's flight path.
What's more, other controller tasks are eased by the new systems. He can work in fully lighted centres rather than the semi-darkness required for viewing ordinary radar.
Raytheon's new systems will be installed at air ROUTE traffic control centres across the nation to help guide planes BETWEEN air terminals.
In addition, some metropolitan CONTROL TOWERS will have bright display systems to east handling of terminal traffic, further insuring safe landings for the nation's air travellers.