Aviation Weather Surveillance Systems: Advanced Radar and Surface Sensors for Flight Safety and Air Traffic Management

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IET, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 453 pages
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This book has been written to provide a comprehensive introduction to the science, sensors and systems that form modern aviation weather surveillance systems. Focusing on radar-based surveillance, it deals in logical, stepwise detail with the fundamentals of the various disciplines involved and with their complex interplay. This includes giving a background to aviation systems and control, atmospheric and meteorological aspects, weather issues in relation to aviation, and broad coverage of modern aviation weather surveillance and information systems, including detailed material on Doppler weather radar, plus new generation atmospheric sensors.
"Aviation weather surveillance systems is an impressive achievement and is an important part of the armamentarium of not only personnel directly handling aviation meterological functions, but also of pilots, air traffic controllers, airline managers, civil aviation system planners and regulators, accident investigators and indeed anyone with a serious interest in aviation. Beautifully printed and illustrated with figures, tables and graphs and colour plates, the material provided by the author will ensure that those needing information on all of the important scientific and technological aspects of the aviation weather surveillance problems, will readily locate it in this volume." - Current Engineering Practice, Vol. 43, Nos. 2-3, 2000.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Basic background of aviation
11
Atmospheric effects on aviation
37
Origins of harmful atmospheric effects on aircraft
79
Requirements of systems for aviation weather surveillance
121
Doppler weather radar as a primary aviation weather sensor
143
Colour plates
215
Modern Doppler weather radars for aviation
245
Other sensors and systems for aviation weather
289
Integrated system approaches
337
Automatic detection and tracking of hazardous weather features
351
SPECIAL TOPICS IN AVIATION WEATHER SURVEILLANCE
375
Lightning and aviation
407
Polarisation diversity radars
429
Index
445
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Pravas R. Mahapatra is a professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has an ME in aeronautical engineering and a PhD in radar systems. His research is focused on topics in aerospace and electronic systems. His experience includes significant periods of post-doctoral research in the US at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), California Institute of Technology and the University of Oklahoma. He has authored or coauthored over 100 papers, and was the recipient of the 1993 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize.