M. E. Johnson; G. D. Gierhart

Abstract: This report provides extensive comparisons of measured propagation data with predictions made by the IF-77 (ITS-FAA-77) and other propagation models. Although IF-77 was developed for aeronautical applications, it can be used for some point-to-point propagation paths, and the measured data selected for comparison includes point-to-point as well as aeronautical paths. Approximately 870,000 hours of data are associated with the 242 paths used. Predictions made with IF-77 were always best or second best and were substantially better than those made for free space conditions. The IF-77 model has a wide range of application and provides predictions compatible with the more specialized models tested. A discussion of the aeronautical propagation data pool from which the data were selected is included as an appendix.

Keywords: interference; computer program; air-to-ground propagation; propagation model; transmission loss; air/air; DME; earth/satellite; EMC; frequency sharing; Instrument Landing System (ILS); navigation aids; Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN); VHF Omnirange (VOR)

For technical information concerning this report, contact:

Paul M. McKenna
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
(303) 497-3474

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