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My Flights and Fights Max Karant
Safe, Separated, and Soaring Richard Kent
Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control Michael Nolan
Who's Watching the Airways? The Dangerous Game of the FAA Philip Ryther
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  • "Mode S Data-Link Applications for General Aviation", Steve Bussolari, The Lincoln Laboratory Journal, 1994, Vol. 7, No. 2
  • Report of the Department of Transportation Air Traffic Control Advisory Committee, Vol. 1, Dec 1969

Lincoln Laboratory Reports

Title Series Author Date
Final Report Transponder Test Program ATC-9 G. V. Colby and E. A. Crocker April 12, 1972
A Comparison of Immunity to Garbling for Three Candidate Modulation Schemes for DABS ATC-12 D. A. Shnidman August 14, 1972
Final Report Empirical Assessment of ATCRBS ATC-16 A. G. Cameron and D. H. Pruslin October 31, 1973
Interrogation Scheduling Algorithms for a Discrete Address Beacon System ATC-19 A. Spridon and A.D. Kaminsky October 17, 1973
The Effects of ATCRBS P2 Pulses on DABS Reliability ATC-20 W. Harman, D. A. Shnidman January 28, 1974
Final Report on Task A: Surveillance and Communication Issues in the Transition to a Discrete Address Beacon System ATC-21 W. I. Wells and R. Kramer December 26, 1973
Final Report DABS/ATCRBS Transponder Bench Testing Program ATC-25 J. R. Samson, J. D. Welch, E. R. Becotte, E. A. Crocker, and H. D. Schofield November 18, 1973
A Summary of the DABS Transponder Design/Cost Studies ATC-27 T. J. Goblick and P. H. Robeck, August 14, 1972
Provisional Signal Formats for the Discrete Address Beacon System ATC-30 P. R. Drouilhet April 25, 1974
Report on DABS/ATCRBS Field Testing Program ATC-31 J. R. Samson and E. A Crocker February 13, 1974
The Effect of Phase Error on the DPSK Receiver Performance ATC-32 D. A. Schnidman February 4, 1974
Provisional Data Link Interface Standard for the DABS Transponder ATC-34 G. V. Colby, P. H. Robeck, and J.D. Welch April 25, 1974
DABS Uplink Encoder ATC-40 J. R. Samson March 4, 1975
DABS Link Performance Considerations ATC-41 G. J. Schlieckert April 28, 1975
DABS: A System Description ATC-42 P. R. Drouilhet November 18, 1974
DABS Channel Management ATC-43 E. J. Kelly January 8, 1975
DABS Downlink Coding ATC-48 J. T. Barrows September 12, 1975
DABS Uplink Coding ATC-49 J. T. Barrows July 25, 1975
DABS Sensor Interactions with ATC Facilities ATC-51 D. Reiner and H. F. Vandevenne April 22, 1976
DABS Modulation and Coding Design ATC-52 T. J. Goblick March 12, 1976
Discrete Address Beacon System (DABS) Test Plan for FY 1976 ATC-56 W. H. Harman, V. A. Orlando, and D. Reiner November 14, 1975
Beacon CAS (BCAS) An Intergated Air/Ground Collision Avoidance System ATC-62 V. A. Orlando and J. D. Welch March 23, 1976
The ATCRBS Mode of DABS ATC-65 J. L. Gertz January 31, 1977
Proposed Technical Characteristics for the Discrete Address Beacon System (DABS) ATC-71 J. D. Welch and P.H. Robeck September 30, 1977
DABS Monopulse Summary ATC-72 D. Karp and M.L. Wood February 4, 1977
Air Traffic Density and Distribution Measurements ATC-80 W. H. Harman May 3, 1979
Airborne Measurements of ATCRBS Fruit ATC-84 W. H. Harman October 3, 1978
Formats for DABS Data Link Applications ATC-96 J. L Leeper and R. S. Kennedy July 30, 1980
Active Beacon Collision Avoidance System (BCAS) Functional Overview ATC-102 J. D. Welch and V. A. Orlando December 17, 1980
TCAS I Design Guidelines ATC-114 V.A. Orlando, J.D. Welch, W.H. Harman, and A. R. Paradis September 24, 1982
Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS): A Functional Overview of Active TCAS ATC-118 V.A. Orlando and J.D. Welch April 8, 1983
GPS-Squitter Capacity Analysis ATC-214 V. A. Orlando and W. H. Harman May 20, 1994
GPS-Squitter Interference Analysis ATC-229 V. S. Orlando and W. H. Harman April 6, 1995
GPS-Squitter Channel Access Analysis ATC-230 V. A. Orlando February 15, 1995
Beacon Radar and TCAS Interrogation Rates: Airborne Measurements in the 1030 MHz band ATC-239 W. H. Harman and M. J. Brennan May 2, 1996
Terminal Area Separation Standards: Historical Development, Current Standards and Processes for Change ATC-258 S. D. Thompson January 16, 1997

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