Introduction to the National Airspace System (eBook PD)

by: Dr. Donna F. Wilt and Dennis W. Wilt
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A survey of the different aspects of the National Airspace System including air traffic control, airports, airspace, electronic navigation, operations and procedures, regulations, and how information is disseminated to users of the system.
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This book brings together comprehensive National Airspace System (NAS) information from multiple FAA and other source materials, editing and expanding on them to form a cohesive, all-in-one account of a wide-reaching and complex topic.

Pilots and non-pilots alike will benefit from the information. This book covers much of the material for an pilot ground school course from a non-pilot perspective. It also includes information relevant to large airports and air transport operations in the NAS not covered in an instrument ground course. It pulls together what is relevant to students studying for careers in air traffic control (ATC), Dispatch, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Airport Planning or Airport Management. The material in this book is currently used in a prerequisite course for Airport Design, ATC I, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Airline Operations.

Updated and revised sources include but are not limited to: the Aeronautical Information Manual (June 17, 2021); 2019 Federal Radionavigation Plan; Report to Congress National Plan of Integrated Airport System (NPIAS) 2017-2021; FAA Aerospace Forecast 2021-2041; and Advisory Circulars; federal regulations; aeronautical charts; Chart Supplements U.S. as of September 2021; actual and forecast data for airports and operations in the NAS; service volumes for VORs and DMEs; ADS-B requirements for operations in the NAS; recreational and commercial UAS operations in the NAS; commercial space transportation in the NAS; notice to airman system; flight service contract held by Leidos; ICAO flight plan format; IFR flight plans at non-towered airports; standard circling approach maneuver radius; ATC terrain alerts; revision cycles for VFR charts; Minimum altitudes and direct routes for IFR navigation using GNSS; RNAV navigation; digital communications for IFR communication.

Additional features include:

  • Written from a non-pilot perspective
  • Ideal for pilots and non-pilots studying for a career in aviation
  • Information relevant to high altitude as well as low altitude airspace
  • Introduction to Required Navigation Performance (RNP)
  • Each chapter includes study questions
  • Over 170 figures, including up-to-date examples from current publications as well as original work

Dr. Donna F. Wilt produced this book in its entirety and takes full responsibility for the content.