Anybody know what this is talking about?
"New software is being evaluated that might reduce noise from
airplanes flying over Peninsula residents on the way into San
Francisco International Airport.
"The airport's Aircraft Noise Abatement Office has been working with
NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Boeing Co. and United
Airlines to develop the "Oceanic Tailored Arrivals" program for
arriving trans-Pacific flights to the airport, according to airport
spokesman Mike McCarron.
"The program would set up automatic computer control of arriving
flights, allowing the planes to glide into their approach to the
airport rather than changing altitude and power multiple times.
"Using software developed by the NASA Ames Research Center, the FAA's
Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center would upload the program to
an aircraft's on-board flight computer to fly the approach, McCarron
"The software can be tailored to accommodate the specifics of each
type of aircraft approaching the runway, he said.
"In theory, the program could save fuel, effect more accurate arrival
times, and simplify approaches for aircraft arriving after long
flights from the Pacific Rim, McCarron said. In addition, they could
help air traffic controllers plan arrivals and reduce their
workload, he said."
[Edited 2006-10-07 15:55:01]