Paris CDG launches first European RWSL

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is now equipped with a new runway status light (RWSL) system.

Installed with the support of European air navigation safety agency Eurocontrol, Runway Status Lights (RWSL) is a fully automatic, advisory safety system designed to reduce the number and severity of runway incursions and thus prevent runway accidents while not interfering with airport operations.

The RWSL increases pilots and vehicle operators’ situational awareness by directly providing runway occupancy status through the autonomous illumination of in-pavement lights on runway and taxiways.

The concept of operations relies on the ability to warn at least one of the aircraft or vehicles in a conflicting scenario and in some cases, provide additional warnings to everyone involved for increased safety.RWSL is designed to be compatible with existing procedures.

Some 15 airports in the United States and Japan have already adopted the RWSL system.

Its deployment at the Paris hub required an investment of €5 million by France’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) which also received European funding under the CDG 2020 performance improvement plan.

Parisian airport group ADP spent €4 million which covered the research, development and adoption of the new system.

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