GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEMS


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GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEMS
GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEMSThrough an extensive study conducted in the 1960s, it became apparent that many aircraft accidents were caused by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). This occurs when the aircraft has no malfunctions, and the pilot is totally capable of avoiding a crash; however, the plane literally "flies into the ground." It was determined that in most cases the pilot was simply unaware of the dangerously low altitude. The FAA concluded that CFIT could be minimized through use of a terrain awareness warning system (TAWS). Today there are basically two variations of TAWSs; the ground proximity warning system (GPWS) and a more advanced version known as enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS).Ear…
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Thomas K. Eismin: Aircraft Electricity and Electronics, Sixth Edition. GROUND PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEMS, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2014), AccessEngineering Export