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Background: The proliferation of aircraft within limited air-space has sometimes cause dangerous situations. The number of these incidents increases dramatically in the area of airport. Here, the congestion of aircraft is under the control of men, who are capable of making mistakes. Recent development in navigation and auto-pilot systems have bene aimed at lessening the possibility of human error.
The Lockhead L-1011 TriStar is equipped with a navigational system that provides the pilot computer controlled navigation in the vicinity of airports, wile onroute, and when approaching terminal areas.
As part of its new navigation systems, the TriStar has an automatic landing system that can operate completely without he help of the pilot or controllers on the ground. The equipment can bring an aircraft in for a landing even when the ceiling is "zero" and the visibility on the runway is cut to 150 feet (45.7 metres). The system can not only land automatically, but can carry out all functions even to bringing the aircraft to a halt without the pilot having to touch the controls.
The automatic system "locks" on to the airport radio beam. An on-board computer makes all adjustments and corrections to the flight path so that the aircraft stays on the proper course. Even adjustments to engine power are made by the automatic controls. The aircraft follows the radio beam in for the landing.
The TriStar system is already in commercial use by airlines within the United States. Within the year twenty-two new airliners with this automatic system will be delivered to customers.