Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Safety Science
First Committee Member
Carl Edward Wischmeyer, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
James A. Messerschmidt, Ed.D.
Third Committee Member
The navigation displays commonly used in aircraft (Course Deviation Indicators), provide only the offset from desired track, leaving the pilot to figure out steering correction necessary to get back on track. This correction, determined by trial and error, adds to the workload, especially in windy conditions. The feasibility of using a new algorithm for providing guidance to the pilots for improved interception and tracking is examined in this thesis. The proposed system employs GPS to calculate the offset from the track as well as the instantaneous ground speed vector, to provide steering information. Thus, precise tracking is possible in real time basis, even in high winds.
This research, which served primarily as a proof of concept, involved flying a prototype of the system in different modes of interception and tracking. The flight tests were not intended to obtain statistically significant data but to verify system functionality and promise for further development. The actual courses flown, when compared with the desired course, proved not only the effectiveness of the system but also the ease of tracking, based on displayed guidance commands.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Mishra, Mukul, "A New Guidance System for Aircraft Based on GPS" (2004). PhD Dissertations and Master's Theses. 7.