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Fundamentals of Ground Radar for Air Traffic Control Engineers and Technicians

Fundamentals of Ground Radar for Air Traffic Control Engineers and Technicians

by Ronald D. BouwmanRonald D. Bouwman


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This is a standard reference for FAA and military air traffic control engineers and maintenance technicians focused on ground-based radar systems. With the evolution and increasing sophistication of modern radar systems, now more than ever a single-source reference is needed that contains simply understandable information on MTI, MTD, and Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon systems. There is a downside to the drive away from knowledge-based problem solving...massive increases in costs and waste inherent in the idea of lowest replaceable units. Fewer technicians are expected to manage more systems while knowing less about their equipment. This unique training and reference text will not only provide answers for day-to-day tasks, it will also help allay cost increases and waste.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891121753
Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Radar, Sonar and Navigation Series
Pages: 515
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ronald D. Bouwman has amassed 51 years of experience in radar systems. He began his career in air traffic control radar in the United States Air Force as a ground control approach radar repairman. He continued in the field, holding various positions including picket-ship electronics technician on the Atlantic Missile Range, Titan I Missile System ground electronics installation technician, FAA radar technician, senior publications engineer at ITT Gilfillan, FAA technician and technical expert, FAA Academy radar instructor, FAA field office manager, and FAA Academy contract instructor. Ronald has maintained a variety of interests throughout his life, including artistic work, writing, and mechanical and electrical device technology.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Radar's Rich History and Development
  • Chapter 2: The Professional Radar Engineer/Technician
  • Chapter 3: Logarithms, DeciBels, and Power
  • Chapter 4: The Science Behind Radar
  • Chapter 5: Magnetron versus Synthesis
  • Chapter 6: Circuitry and Hardware
  • Chapter 7: Secondary Radar Systems
  • Chapter 8: Microwave Transmission Lines and Cavities
  • Chapter 9: Radar Synchronizers
  • Chapter 10: Radar Transmitters
  • Chapter 11: Radar Receivers
  • Chapter 12: Moving Target Indicators and the Doppler Effect
  • Chapter 13: An MTI Processor
  • Chapter 14: The Moving Target Detector MTI System
  • Chapter 15: Radar Displays
  • Appendix A: Annotated Glossary
  • Appendix B: Major Equations
  • Appendix C: Conversions and Constants
  • Appendix D: Government Nomenclatures
  • Appendix E: Radar Frequencies
  • Appendix F: Greek Alphabet in Radar
  • Appendix G: Technical Expression
  • Appendix H: Trigonometry

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