DABS: Functional Description (Revision A)
April 11, 1980
This document provides a functional description of the Discrete Address Beacon System (DABS), a combined secondary surveillance radar (beacon) and ground-air-ground data link system capable of providing the aircraft surveillance and communications necessary to support ATC automation in future traffic environments. DABS is capable of common-channel interoperation with the current ATC beacon system, and may be implemented at low user cost over an extended ATCRBS-to-DABS transition period. In supporting ATC automation, DABS will provide the surveillance and communication performance required by the Automatic Traffic Advisory and Resolution Service (ATARS), the reliable communications needed to support data link services, and the capability of operating with a terminal or enroute, radar digitizer-equipped, ATC surveillance radar. The material contained in this document updates and expands the information presented in "DABS: A System Description", FAA-RD-74-189, November 1974.