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That is ultimately the goal. Having a ubiquitous metric for evaluating pilot performance when subject to different airspace/approaches/airport environments.
Right now, I would be happy with reliable interpolation of spacial data. The broadcast packets are temporally inconsistent and the speed/altitude/heading are spread over more than one packet. So a simple interpolation only goes so far. I expect to have to write code to intelligently interpolate based on what aircraft can actually do. So no 3g turns in a transport airplane in the traffic pattern, etc. Once I have a functional model with the "tidy" ADS-B data, then the challenge will be making the process robust enough for mode S/C.
It's a plan subject to change...
The Asiana incident is the genesis for the project. If you go to the pprune forums, there is a lot of discussion of approach profiles related to this accident. Through some cute analysis, you can come up with scaled metrics on approach and departure quality. From there, you can do a statistical analysis. So I have a 1090 recorder parked at the local airport recording and sending to a database for further analysis. There is a mix of traffic, the majority of which have ADS-B out. Filtering the data is the tricky bit...
sake is fine, but whiskey is better synchronized?
754 with sake .
I don't know whether to laugh or cry...
As I near the end of my PhD, I would add the following advice. Don't undervalue your creative time or your sleep. By creative time, I mean hiking, dog walking, making a bird house, etc. Make time for our mind to wander. My research direction became clear to me while I was daydreaming on a family vacation. Subsequent dog walks have set me up for a good five years of material.
As far as advisors go, I quote Arthur C Clarke: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson has this very premise at its core. Its a good read, but as a first book it is slightly less polished than his others.
I would like to continue to learn the Chinese written language (simplified). Being somewhat independent of the spoken language, the symbolic puzzle of it intrigues me. It is hugely rewarding to read a Chinese bag of coffee and realize it translates to "good to the last drop."
Does anyone here have an insight as to determining if you have received such an MMS text?