ACP WGF10/WP14 Ground Marker Regional Briefing to AWP Definition of Program What is Ground Marker?
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Message is received via headset or cockpit speaker within the airplane and via speaker within a vehicle
75MHz RF CELL
Transmitter sends voice message through antenna to 75MHz marker beacon2 receiver in airplane or vehicle
Airplane/vehicle is detected by inductive loop which triggers GM transmitter
AIRCRAFT DETECTION SYSTEM
CONTROL AND TRANSMITTER UNIT
WITH VOICE FILE LIBRARY1
1Maintainer inputs message into GM transmitter memory. 2The 75MHz marker beacon is modulated by a signal from the GM transmitter. No new equipage is necessary.
Concept of Operations
FAA provides a safe, secure, and efficient global aerospace system that contributes to national security and the promotion of U.S. aerospace safety. As the leading authority in the international aerospace community, FAA is responsive to the dynamic nature of customer needs, economic conditions, and environmental concerns.
Reduce the fatal aviation accident rate by 80% in ten years
Reduce the fatal accident rate by developing and deploying those capabilities and systems needed to address pilot decision-making.
To provide research, development, and acquisition for products and services that enable the FAA to enhance the safety of the NAS and satisfy current and future operational needs of the U.S. civil aerospace system for national and international operations.
Evaluate and demonstrate emerging technologies via the Safe Flight 21 and Surface Technology Product Teams
Incubate and exploit technologies and expedite the deployment of operationally validated NAS Capabilities for the aviation community
Install the Ground Marker system, a low cost technology, at an operational airport by 9/03 and evaluate it by 2004.
…. Within the scope of the Runway Incursion Reduction Program (RIRP), AND-520 evaluates a range of technologies aimed at providing increased pilot and controller awareness of surface traffic….
Ground Marker RFP
Bournemouth Int’l Airport, UK
Key Site Selected
Draft Key Site MOU
BAAGround Marker - Accomplishments
For Airport Surface Movement Enhancement & Runway Incursion Prevention
Ground Marker should be aggressively pursued
Final Prototype System Design completed
Ground Marker RFP accomplished, contractor proposal received, negotiated and approved in December 2002.
Test NCP submitted
System Integration contract awarded
“Demonstration of New and Emerging Technologies Aimed at Increasing Safety on Airport Movement Areas”
Alternative antenna designs and voice quality improvements evaluated.
Findings – System can transmit clear voice messages to cockpit via 75 MHz Marker-Beacon
Contra Costa County, CA (CCR)
Airport Surface Movement Enhancement & Runway Incursion Prevention
Further development needed to - 1) test for radiated frequency (RF) interference, 2) optimize human factors issues, and 3) integrate inductive loops into system to trigger messages.
Program plan completed
Draft MOU submitted to key site for comments
NATCA Article 7 Brief
Key Site Survey
Key Site System Installation
NTIA RequestGround Marker - Near Term Schedule
Approval of WJHTC Quick Look is scheduled for July 2003
Key Site System Installation is scheduled to begin in August 2003 and will be completed by September 2003.
WJHTC testing scheduled for May 12-30
MOU approval by CCR
Key Site MOU Approval
The Operational Evaluation is scheduled to begin in early October 2003 and will be completed by June 2004
Scheduled to submit NTIA requests for CCR and LGB
NATCA Article 7 Brief scheduled for July 2003
Key Site Survey scheduled at CCR for May 5-9, 2003
NCP approval by CCB
following Ground Marker Site Selection criteria
Note: There were no operational errors associated with Runway Incursions in this timeframe.