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ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) Record Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199950D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

This invention reduces pilot workload by recording ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) messages, so that when the pilot selects an ATIS broadcast, he hears the message from the start.

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Title:  ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) Record Function
Author:  Jim Joyce

Copyright 2010 Honeywell International Inc.

This invention reduces pilot workload by recording ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) messages, so that when the pilot selects an ATIS broadcast, he hears the message from the start.   This is an improvement over the current process where the pilot tunes into the ATIS broadcast and then has to wait for the beginning of the message to start.

The concept is to use a software-defined radio to receive and digitize the Aviation Communications Band (refer to Figure 1).   The radio would determine if any ATIS broadcasts were being received, and if so, the radio would listen for a pause, which indicates the beginning of the message loop, and then would start recording by storing digital audio into memory as shown in Figure 2.

This invention helps pilots who want to listen to an ATIS broadcast while in flight.  Specifically, if the start of an ATIS message could be recognized, then the message could be recorded such that when the pilot wanted to hear it, he could hear the message starting from the beginning of the ATIS message.

This would be an improvement over the current process where the pilot tunes to the ATIS, which is continually broadcast.  The message is almost always in process when the pilot tunes in.  That means that the pilot needs to listen to the remainder of the message until he gets to the beginning of the ATIS message when it is re-broadcast.

By taking advantage of the way ATIS m...