An Investigation of Terrain Avoidance System Flight Test Techniques for High Performance Aircraft
Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Ralph Kimberlin
Dr. Alfonso Pujol, Mr. Richard Ranaudo
Controlled-flight-into-terrain incidents have been a leading cause of aircraft related fatalities for a number of years. The development of warning systems to prevent this type of mishap has been constant since the early 1970’s. A family Ground Proximity Warning Systems and, recently, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems have been mandated for use in commercial aircraft in the United States.
Such systems have also been adapted for use in high performance military aircraft, although they tend to be very different from the commercially required variants due to their unique operating environment and aircraft performance requirements.
In this paper, one such system is described in detail, and a set of unique test techniques required to test systems for high performance aircraft is explored. A number of recommendations for testing terrain warning systems intended for use in high performance aircraft are also developed.
Glen, Gregory D., "An Investigation of Terrain Avoidance System Flight Test Techniques for High Performance Aircraft. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2003.