Airplane Take-off and Landing Paths

by Frederic T. Mavis,
Charles F. Peck, Jr.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Aero-Space Transport Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 77-88

Document Type: Journal Paper


The problem of tracking airplanes in the approach zone of a major airport was solved using ordinary cameras, descriptive geometry, and vector computations. Mean errors in elevation were about ±15 ft, and in plan about ±100 ft when the airplanes were within about 5,000 ft of the end of the runway. The methods are explained in detail using a room-sized analog to the actual field situation. The vectorial methods are programmed as for routine computations.

Subject Headings: Aircraft and spacecraft | Computing in civil engineering | Tracking | Cameras | Geometrics | Vector analysis | Airport and airfield pavements | Analogs

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