Pilot/Air-Traffic-Controller Operations [PATCO]

Introduction: This page refers to Pilot/Air-Traffic-Controller teams [PATC], PATCO [ PATCO]and PATCO Centers [PATCOC]. All uses of these abbreviations will be refereed to this page.
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RDL Major Project 5


Train four thousand [k] ground based, pilot/air-traffic-controllers [PATC] over 20 years, to control (in teams of two), up-to-16 million [m] Gavin Hawks  [GH] in flocks of up-to-four-500-Gavin Hawk/flocks/six-man-team. The approximately 40 PATCOCs] employ an average of 50 PATCs in 40 countries and islands of the World. Together they, manage a maximum of 8m GH/day  at any one time, during their takeoffs, flights and landings (carrying up-to-80m passengers, during that day).


This section is a brief introduction to designing and building of PATCOCs, management of the centers and 4k pilot/air-traffic-controllers [PATC] (being trained at and operating from these centers) or from sub-centers, their homes or aboard Master Chief Super Hawks [MCSH] (piloted autogyros, with a pilot and a, possibly trainee, copilot, aboard each MCSH). RDL' s current plans (as of September 2009) is to design and build 16m pilotless, 
Gavin Hawks  (autogyros) and 44 pilotless (nuclear powered) Mother Hawks [MHn], in teams of 1.02 for each of the 40k-square-mile, designated areas), plus six fossil fueled [FF] Mother Hawks [MH]) in one-fifth countries of the six Continents, and major islands, of the World.  This would support 46 designated areas, totaling 1,840m square miles, with up to 8m pilotless (up to 10 passengers each) Gavin Hawks, ie ~51m people, in the air, at any one time.  One PATCOC is planned for each designated area, ie 50 PATCOCs in all. 
(Based on plans for 30 SkyUtopia  [SU] and 30 SuperSkyUtopia [SSU]: Then, all PATCOs will be located in SSU or SU and the 46 PATCOs reduced to 30. Because of the (1/2-mile) altitude of SSUs, approximately 50% of the 46 required Mother Hawks can be replaced by SSU, leaving 23 Mother Hawks.) 

It will take several years to develop and build the
Gavin Hawks  and Mother HawksIn the event, as is likely to be the case, establishment of designated areas, building PATCOs and pilotless Gavin Hawks exceed the supply of pilotless Mother Hawks built, and licensed to fly over the designated areas, the design and production of piloted MCSH will be used to manage and control flocks of Gavin Hawks.  One Mother Hawk is required, at any one time, for each designated area. Whereas, one MCSH is required, at any one time, for up to four flocks, of 50 to 2k Gavin Hawks, each, aloft at a time, carrying, on average, eight passengers each, totaling up-to-15k passengers.

Each PATCOC will control one Mother Hawks (out of a team of 1.02 Mother Hawks attached to a designated area), in the air at any one time.  While aloft, each Mother Hawk controls (and protects) a designated area. The areas are permanently assigned a code, based on the name of the country and a roman number. For example, two areas are required in the United Kingdom, ie UKI and UKII. Each pilotless(zero-to-10 passenger) Gavin Hawks,  originating in a designated  area (eg Gavin Hawks) to take off, from a point within UKI, during a 15 minute period of a designated hour of  the day, and join a flock.  Each flock is named: eg Alpha (a Greek letter designated as 9 am, chosen from the 24 hours in any one day) and a number 1 through 4, to identify the 15 minute segment of the hour. Alpha 3 would be scheduled to take off and join flock Alpha 3 between 9:30 am and 9:45, departing  at 9:45 am.  Each flock has a general destination, under the control of a Mother Hawk (or MCSH, actually flying with flock Alpha 3). Under the pilot/controller, individual Gavin Hawks can leave flock Alpha 3, and land, upon arrival near their own designated destination. In most cases, each Gavin Hawk is assigned to a single flock for its entire voyage.  However, if necessary, one or more Gavin Hawks could be detached from their flock to join other flocks headed to other destinations. Or, even switch to several other flocks, en  route, even though the other flockCs, or located in other areas.

Initially, before Mother Hawks are normally in operation, or temporarily not in operation, in all designated areas of a country where Gavin Hawks   are operating, pilotless MCSHs will each control up-to-four flocks of up-to-500 Gavin Hawks (in the same manner as a Mother Hawk) under the direction of a ground-based PATCOC. Or, piloted MCSHs can manage flocks not under the control of Mother Hawks or by a pilotless MCSH controlled by a PATCO.  

Once Mother Hawks are available, and reliable, aloft 24/7 in their designated areas; the roles of MCSH will be adjusted. Most likely, they will only be flown with their flocks, when necessary, to support or back up Mother Hawks, or when the flock is flying in, or entering into, a designated area which does not yet have a Mother Hawk actually operating.

Two PATCOCs are necessary in the UK, one in UKI and the other in UKII. Each of the MCSHs, in turn, controls from one-to-four flocks of up-to-500 pilotless Gavin Hawks , eg Alpha 3.  On a typical day, with 100 flocks originating in UKI, with an average of 300 Gavin Hawks per flock, carrying an average of eight passengers each, would carry a total of 240k people in 30k Gavin Hawks, lead by 100 MCSHs with 200 pilots on board.  For a two week period,  with  each Gavin Hawk, ie flock, 300 MCSHs are required and 300 pilots and 300 copilots/trainees are required.  Once Mother Hawks are available, only 1.02 are required for each area,  and this lowers the need for MCSH and pilots (on board) by at least 66.7%,  to 100 MCSH, 100 pilots and 100 copilot/trainees in UKI. 

The role of PATCO is to manage:

  • recruit and train PATCs
  • plan and control takeoff, landing and flight of pilotless aircraft and (piloted) MCSHs and their control and protection of flocks of pilotless Gavin Hawks   (including takeoff, flight and landings)
  •  management and control of operations
  • plan, control and manage the design and building of additional PATCOCs , and
  • recruitment and training of the operating team of the additional PATCOCs, until capable of independent operation.

Each and every Gavin Hawks  and MCSH is equipped an autopilot which can be used without human assistance to take off vertically, rendezvous with an assigned flock (eg Alpha 3),  follow an assigned route in the air in company of the rest of the flock, detach (when instructed) to join another flock, or (as instructed) land vertically at a preassigned point.

  1. autopilots are also able to avoid collision of its Gavin Hawks   (or MCSH) with other Hawks, flying aircraft, ground-based features or structures such as hills, mountains, buildings, bridges, towers and especially power lines (or, conceivably, missiles) without the help of PATCs. Autopilot programs are maintained by a PATCOC, as appropriate for their area, on a daily basis, and distributed to autopilots as soon as changes are calculated or learned about, and they can be reached, via the Internet, Mother Hawks or MCSHs. 
  2. The role of Mother Hawks and MCSH are to observe all conditions and activity below them, or nearby (including flocks), to detect changes and danger from any source, and to maintain contact with PATCO  to transmit current information. They also receive communications from a PATCOC to relay to MCSH and Gavin Hawks   to instruct them of appropriate changes, computed to avoid danger and maintain safe speed, routing and traveling of the flocks. Very short term changes, observed by Mother Hawks or MCSHs can be relayed to autopilots directly, for immediate action.
  3. PATCs can work in a PATCO, a sub-center, at their home or on board a piloted MCSH. Normally, the choice of location is determined by the individual PATCs, subject to approval of the PATCOC of the region, and, of course, the availability of communications facilities at the location.  Most PATCs, if given his/her choice, would probably choose to work from his/her home, especially a  GaviHas. One requirement is that each PATC team is responsible for an entire flock (eg Alpha 3) while that flock is in the air, and that requires a team of at least two PATCs that work together and both be available, without interruption, during the entire flight. GaviHas.locations are favored by husband/wife PATC teams of  GaviHas. residents (DS for singletons and childless couples and DH for families of three-to-six family members). 
  4. RDL plans to study the advantages of specific locations for PATCOCs, especially available SUand SSU, sub-centers and homes, specifically for use by PATC teams.  Quality and reliability of communications, to control and manage Mother Hawks, MCSH, and flocks of Gavin Hawks  , are likely to be important. It will also consider the advantage, if any, of  GaviHas. with a Carriage accessory,  to allow quick and inexpensive relocation, to adjust to changes in traditional flock flight paths.  We may have a system of small "micro" airports at Mini-Utopia-Villages, before vertically-capable Gavin Hawks are universal. In this case, a  GaviHas. based PATCOC sub-center (with a small observation tower) could be used to operate more like conventional air traffic controllers.  Once the Gavin Hawks are upgraded, at least accessorized with battery-powered rotor power, to take off and land vertically, the  GaviHas.' s tower could be removed.  Then, it would be the same as any other   GaviHas. PATC's home.