Correlated encounter model for cooperative aircraft in the National Airspace System, version 1.0
October 24, 2008
This document describes a new cooperative aircraft encounter model for the National Airspace System (NAS). The model is used to generate random close encounters between transponder-equipped (cooperative) aircraft in fast-time Monte Carlo simulations to evaluate collision avoidance system concepts. An extensive set of radar data from across the United States, including more than 120 sensors and collected over a period of nine months, was used to build the statistical relationships in the model to ensure that the encounters that are generated are representative of actual events in the airspace.