Minneapolis-St Paul selects PASSUR solution

St Paul International Airport (MSP) has contracted for PASSUROPSnet Field Condition Report (FCR), providing airport users accessto timely, accurate, and complete airport condition information on a standardised and automated platform.

“Airports are undertaking new roles and responsibilities – such as assisting air traffic control and our airline partners in the coordination and management of surface operations, diversions, and tarmac delays. We need an entirely new set of capabilities for communicating and collaborating with those partners in order to enhance the MSP passenger experience,” said Paul Sichko, Assistant Director, MSP Operations. “PASSUR OPSnet FCR is a proven platform that will give us the capabilities to work with our stakeholders in that endeavor.”

“We’re pleased to add MSP to our web-based North American network of airports, airlines, and other aviation professionals who are leading the way in collaborative management of the National Airspace System (NAS),” said Jim Barry, President and CEO of PASSUR Aerospace. “As more and more forward-thinking, innovative airports like MSP join the network, it becomes exponentially more valuable for the hundreds of daily users who count on PASSUR for critical information and operational coordination.”

MSP is one of 19 airports directly reporting their field conditions and/or tarmac delays via PASSUR OPSnet, which consolidates airport conditions – including NOTAMs and critical non-NOTAM information – onto a single screen. MSP’s field conditions will also be accessible through Airport Information Network (AIN), which provides new levels of automation to all participating airports and is available to airline system operation centers in the U.S. and internationally. Almost all of the major North American airlines, and more than 90 airports, are participants in AIN.

Airports are being asked to provide more cost-effective, efficient, and safe airfield operations for carriers to help them achieve greater throughput, quicker turns, and fewer ground delays – critical elements of airline profitability in today’s challenging environment. Airports also want to consolidate airfield management functions onto a single platform to minimize staff requirements.

The PASSUR Airport Operations Program provides airport ramp tower, operations, and communications centers with the alerts, decision support, and planning, and analysis tools they need to run a more efficient and safe operation, and the web platform for cost-effective communication, coordination, and collaboration with all the airport’s key constituencies. It includes modules for field condition reporting/eNOTAM/Digital NOTAM integration, live dashboards of key operations metrics, flight and airspace visualization, and “long onboard” ground delay management (Tarmac Delay Monitor).

AIN creates a single, centralized, and standardized resource to manage information sharing during normal activities, as well as during severe disruptions in the NAS. It addresses the industry’s need for a collaborative platform where all stakeholders – airports, airlines, corporate aviation, ATC, ground handlers, and other support services – are united on a common operating platform and share the same timely and accurate information. PASSUR FCR is an add-on module to AIN, accessed from the same page, providing deeper, more detailed field condition information, including NOTAM and non-NOTAM updates and remote alerts for critical changes.

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