Meeting Notes : New Technologies Committee

Committee notes reflect the views and opinions of the committee members and not necessarily those of the Noise Compatibility Study Group, Coordinating Council, Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County, or the Consultant Team.
June 10, 1999 7:00 p.m.

The first meeting of the New Technologies Committee was held at the Airport Authority’s facilities. Committee members in attendance were Arnold Celentano, Bob Welch, Luanne Rice, and Marvin Pilkenton; committee members not present were Col. Tom Marks and Pete Levermore.

Bob Welch disseminated a "proposed agenda" whereupon the meeting began with introductions around the room. Discussion ensued regarding a chairperson; the resultant decision was to enlist the services of Arnold Celentano and Marvin Pilkenton as temporary co-chairs until a permanent chairperson is chosen. Luanne Rice agreed to take notes. Issues-related exchange brought to light the following topics of interest:

Present Ground-Based Navigational Aids
ILS-Current – to be phased out by 2010
VOR-Current – good for minimum 5 years
LOC – Current – good for minimum 5 years

Present Aircraft Equipment
GPS-Current in some aircraft
INS-Current in some aircraft
FMS-Current in some aircraft

Future Ground-Based Navigational Aids
ILS - Current – in place
VOR - Current – in place
LOC - Current – in place
LAAS/WAAS - Future prospects

Future Aircraft Navigational Aids
GPS - Enhances GPS
INS - Currently in use
FMS - Currently in use

Bob stated that the most accurate approach method today is the ILS. However, he stated, the FAA has not yet approved precision GPS approaches, which are more accurate: (Additional equipment would be necessary for GPS but it may be "coming technology.") Arnold felt it is important to follow "ground track" and that a straight approach, coming in from Indiana, might be desirable. Bob (a UPS employee) stated that 100% of UPS plane engines are at "Stage 3" (all current) in keeping with government requirements and the latest technology. He insisted, however, that not all other aircraft coming into this airport are current. Marvin observed that "noise attenuation" was needed not only for residences, but all occupied structures. He was told that another committee is looking at "Sensitive Facilities." Other ground noise abatement methods, (berms/barriers, etc.) were briefly discussed, as well as a concept called "Hush House."

It was suggested that John Foggia, President of ANSP (Aviation Navigation and Satellite Programs) be asked to speak to this committee regarding his expertise. The committee unanimously agreed to solicit several airport experts who cold discuss new and innovative solutions to the problem of airport noise.

The next New Technologies Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, 1999, 7:00 p.m., to be held at the same location (RAA building). This meeting adjourned at approximately 9:15 p.m.

FMS: Flight Management System
GPS: Global Positioning System
ILS: Instrument Landing System
INS: Inertial Navigation System
LOC: Localizer
VHF: Very High Frequency
VOR: VHF Omnidirectionali – range
LAAS: Local Area Augmentation System
WAAS: Wide Area Augmentation System

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