The Concept of Path Objects: Making the FMS More Useful

December 1999
Dr. John N. Barrer, The MITRE Corporation
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The utility of the FMS can be increased significantly by addressing problems associated with: the complexity of the pilot-FMS interface, the increasing size of the FMS database and limitations on the flexibility of RNAV routes. The Concept of Path Objects offers a simple path language for expressing FMS/RNAV routes, which should simplify the pilot-FMS interface, reduce the size of the pre-stored database, and offer a means to have dynamically generated random 3D RNAV capability (primarily) for terminal area operations


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