Sigma overbound for aircraft landing in presence of day-to-day multipath correlation

Irfan Sayim, Dan Zhang

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Purpose - The purpose of this work is to obtain an overbounded broadcast sigma from actual (non-Gaussian) correction error distribution under the stringent navigation integrity requirements for aircraft precision approach and landing. Design/methodology/approach - Approach is statistically to overbound satellite pseudorange correction error distribution with the use of numerical solution of Fisher-Z transformation. Inflation factors for overbounding broadcast sigma are extracted from Fisher-Z transformation based on measured correlation and counted independent identically distributed (iid) sample sizes of true empirical data. Findings - New overbounded broadcast sigma values for eight long-pass satellites were obtained based on measured actual empirical data and ensured integrity risk at 10-8 probability level. Proposed methodology successfully overbounds ground reflection multipath-type systematic and temporal errors sources. Originality/value - This paper introduced a new method of accounting for ground reflection multipath for local area augmentation system/ ground-based augmentation system navigation integrity. The method is also applicable to statistically overbound any other serially correlated temporal variation in measured data if both correlation values and finite iid sample sizes are known.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-289
Number of pages10
JournalAircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • GBAS
  • Ground reflection multipath
  • Navigation integrity
  • Overbounding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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