Air Traffic Management STRATEGY, TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE WORLD'S MOST GLOBAL INDUSTRY Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:06:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Safegate acquires Liberty Airport Systems Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:06:21 +0000 More ››]]> Safegate Group has completed the acquisition of Liberty Airport Systems, the North American expert in integrated airfield lighting power and control solutions.

Safegate Group CEO Per-Olof Hammarlund said: “This acquisition is a milestone that strengthens our presence in North America and is a big step in our drive for increased safety and efficiency at airports worldwide. Liberty’s proven power and control technologies complement our solutions and allow us to deliver even better value to our customers.”

Liberty Airport Systems will join forces with Safegate Group’s US subsidiary Safegate Airport Systems, to offer the first truly turnkey intelligent airfield lighting solutions designed specifically for the North American market.

Tom Duffy, president of Safegate Airport Systems, said: “Liberty Airport Systems has been a highly valued partner for several years.” Both companies have a large presence in North America with products installed at more than 250 airports in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. and hundreds more around the world. The companies have also worked together successfully on high-profile projects including those at airports in Houston, Toronto and Vancouver.

“As part of our family, Liberty’s experience, excellent reputation and established manufacturing capabilities will strengthen our airfield lighting growth strategy in North America,” adds Duffy.

As the newest member of the Safegate Group, Liberty Airport Systems will continue to operate as a stand-alone business with the same solid management and highly qualified team they have built. “We are having our tenth anniversary this month,” said Allan Fletcher, President of Liberty Airport Systems. “And, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than with this announcement to our employees and our customers of even greater opportunity for the next ten years.”

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Nav Canada completes transatlantic flight trials Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:53:33 +0000 More ››]]> An efficiency initiative led by NAV CANADA has successfully demonstrated the viability and safety of aircraft varying speeds (Mach) and altitudes while transiting the unsurveilled airspace over the North Atlantic (NAT).

The project, titled ENGAGE II, was conducted in partnership with Air France and in conjunction with NATS, the United Kingdom’s principal air navigation service provider.

ENGAGE II was undertaken and supported by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) as part of its Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE) programme. The project was designed to promote the sustainable implementation and expand the scope of the concepts trialed during the first phase (ENGAGE I) completed in 2011. In addition to project partner Air France, four other international carriers – KLM, British Airways, United and Delta – participated in phase two.

“The 210 flight trials in ENGAGE II were all carried out in a safe and efficient manner,” said Larry Lachance, NAV CANADA vice president, operations. “While validating the overall safety of varying oceanic flight profiles, we were able to replicate the fuel savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions achieved in ENGAGE I. Moreover we were able to demonstrate the viability of a wider implementation of these procedures and offering increased flexibility in the NAT airspace.

“The fuel and emissions savings per flight averaged between one and two per cent, which translates to a reduction of 200 to 400 litres of fuel and 525 to 1,050 kilogrammes of GHG emissions. With close to 400,000 flights each year, the potential economic and environmental benefits are substantial,” added Lachance.

ENGAGE II is paving the way for significant changes to operations in the NAT. At the June 2014 meeting in Paris of the North Atlantic Systems Planning Group – a body established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – the group endorsed a Proposal for Amendment to the NAT Regional Supplementary Procedures that would allow some aircraft to fly at variable speeds. The proposal to remove the requirement for “fixed Mach” was made by Iceland, which provides air traffic services for a portion of the NAT from Reykjavík. The proposed amendment will now proceed to ICAO for formal processing and documentation.

“The ENGAGE projects were excellent examples of collaboration between air navigation service providers and airlines to reduce the aviation industry’s environmental footprint,” said Lachance. “We look forward to further advances in technology that will have still greater impacts on flight efficiencies in the NAT and across the globe.”

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Honeywell bizav 10-year forecast eyes 4% annual average growth Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:42:29 +0000 More ››]]> 1Honeywell is forecasting up to 9,450 new business jet deliveries worth $280 billion from 2014 to 2024.

The 2014 Honeywell outlook reflects an approximate 7 to 8 per cent increase in projected delivery value over the 2013 forecast. Slightly higher unit deliveries are coupled with modest list price increases and the continued strong showing of larger business jet models in the delivery mix to generate the growth.

Honeywell forecasts 2014 deliveries of approximately 650 to 675 new jets, a single-digit increase in per centage growth year over year. The improvement in deliveries expected in 2014 is largely due to programme schedule recoveries, new model introductions and additional fractional uptake.

“2015 industry deliveries are anticipated to be up modestly again, reflecting momentum from several new model introductions and some gains linked to incremental global economic growth,” said Brian Sill, president, business and general aviation, Honeywell Aerospace.

Survey Findings

In its latest survey, Honeywell found that the operators interviewed plan to make new jet purchases equivalent to about 23 per cent of their fleets over the next five years either as a replacement or in addition to their current fleet. This level of interest is several points lower than the past four survey cycles, but is in line with results of 25 per cent or less that were the norm until 2006. Of the total new business jet purchase plans, 19 per cent are intended to occur by the end of 2015, while 14 and 22 per cent are scheduled for 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The survey does not allocate projected demand to specific years beyond 2017. Purchase timing is shifted somewhat later compared with last year’s results and leads to a modest slowdown in projected demand for the near term. However, pre-sold positions for new models entering service in 2015‒16 should mute this effect on recorded deliveries.

Larger Jets Remain Popular

Despite lower overall purchase expectations, operators continue to focus on larger-cabin aircraft classes ranging from super midsize through ultralong-range and business liner, implying these types of aircraft will command the bulk of the value billed from now until 2024. This large-cabin group is expected to account for more than 75 per cent of all expenditures on new business jets in the near term. Volume growth between now and 2024 will be led by these classes of aircraft, reflecting 60 per cent of additional units and nearly 85 per cent of additional retail value.

2“The strong desire for larger-cabin aircraft with greater range and advanced avionics is seen again in this year’s survey,” Sill said. “We are also seeing some improved interest in midsize and small-cabin models this year. As a full-spectrum supplier, we are pleased to see aircraft in every class with significant Honeywell equipment content among the most popular models cited in the operator survey.”

“For many years, the Honeywell Operator Survey has pointed the way for the industry,” said Carl Esposito, vice president of marketing and product management, Honeywell Aerospace. “The annual outlook reflects topical operator concerns but also identifies longer-cycle trends we use in our own product decision process. It has helped Honeywell focus on investments such as designing and developing flight efficiency upgrades, optimised propulsion offerings, innovative safety products and enhanced aircraft connectivity offerings. The survey also contributes to our business pursuit strategy, and helps position Honeywell consistently on high-value platforms in growth sectors.”

Another notable finding in the 2014 survey is the improved interest levels for midsize and small-cabin aircraft in operator purchase plans. While large-cabin models still garner the largest share of specific buying plans, the midsize and smaller models recovered some share for the first time in several years, reflecting improved prospects for popular production models as well as stronger interest in newer models just now available or soon to enter service.

Regional Pattern

Regional purchasing results are affected by each market’s maturity, economic environment and other characteristics. Emerging markets generally show higher, but historically more volatile, levels of demand and a more pronounced preference for larger aircraft. As traditional regional markets have coped with economic variability and political uncertainties, key emerging markets have been shaping recent industry growth, backlog and portfolio composition.

This year, Honeywell sees a realignment of near-term regional market shares. The overall level of forecast aircraft demand coming from inside North America slipped back after increasing for the first time since 2010 last year. Roughly 59 per cent of projected demand comes from North American operators, down two points from the 2013 survey. “New aircraft acquisition plans in North America are still significant given the region’s overall size,” Sill said. “Coupled with projected gains in fractional fleet deliveries, North American demand should still support industry volumes as some of the traditional higher-growth regions work through another year of reduced growth rates.”

Honeywell first began spotlighting growth in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in 2011. Last year, these results led the survey with 42 per cent of respondents reporting acquisition plans. This has lowered to 29 per cent in the 2014 survey, but remains above the world average of 23 per cent. Of the BRIC countries, Brazil remained a bright spot by recording the strongest new aircraft purchase plans in the survey. Overall, the BRIC countries still retain a relatively strong near-term demand profile with 45 per cent of intended new jet purchases scheduled for the next two years.

Together, the results from BRIC countries evidence a continued tempering of enthusiasm compared with a year ago but are still quite strong when compared with other regions, or with results accrued during the more than 20 years Honeywell has been conducting the survey.

Asia Pacific

Operators in the Asia Pacific region, where many of the industry’s major players still have high expectations for long-term future growth, report new jet acquisition plans for 12 per cent of their fleet. This is much lower than the 24 per cent reported last year and has slipped below the world average. Disappointing growth figures from several major regional economies, higher levels of regional tensions and government austerity initiatives have muted operator enthusiasm in the current survey. As a result, the total share of global demand over the next five years for Asia Pacific is about 3 per cent, off two points from 2013 levels.

3Fleets in this region have been growing at double-digit rates throughout the past five years and should continue to expand at strong, if slightly slower, rates over the next few years. This year, almost 30 per cent of respondents are scheduling their new purchases within the first year of the five-year horizon. When comparing purchase timing in Asia Pacific between the past two surveys, it is evident that the front-loaded profile has resurfaced and should help bridge the gap to improved operator sentiments in the future.

Most operator concerns centred on the economic tempering, tensions and fiscal austerity affecting several of the region’s major economies. However, this is a topical phenomenon as most forecasts call for a relatively strong recovery in economic growth within the region over the next five years.

“Survey findings from this part of the world rely on a smaller base of operator pools, and we do not believe the 2014 results represent any long-term structural change in the region’s fundamental underlying growth drivers or commitment to business aviation,” Sill said.

Middle East & Africa

The share of projected five-year global demand attributed to the Middle East and Africa region moved below its historical range of 4 to 7 per cent this year.

In the Middle East and Africa, 18 per cent of respondents’ fleets are projected to be replaced or added to with a new jet purchase, down from 26 per cent last year. The level of purchase plans is under the world average and unsurprising in that it has been a year of significant political upheaval and ongoing conflict in the region as well as a year in which oil prices have drifted lower and health crises have emerged in Africa. Regional distress has taken a toll, with operators in the region scheduling their purchases later in the next five-year window than expected last year, with only 21 per cent of purchases planned before 2017.

Latin America

Latin America’s survey results indicate 28 per cent of the sample fleet will be replaced or added to with new jet purchases, which is 11 points lower than last year’s result. The 2014 results remain above the world average, and planned acquisitions remain more front-loaded than the world average, with almost 47 per cent of this region’s projected purchases timed to happen between 2014‒2016. As a result of the current purchase plan levels, Latin America’s share of total projected demand holds relatively steady compared with a year ago at 17 per cent.

North America

North America, the industry’s mainstay market, has seen new jet purchase plan levels slip about six points to 22 per cent, just under the world average of 23 per cent, after averaging near 25 per cent for the past six years. Though buying plan levels might be moderate when compared with emerging markets, North America represents nearly 60 per cent of projected global demand for the next five years based on the region’s larger installed business jet base, affirming the region’s unquestionable importance to the industry’s future.

Timing of North American acquisitions has been deferred compared with other regions, suggesting that despite aggregate five-year interest levels reported by potential purchasers, short-term conversion plans could be moderate until 2016.


Europe’s purchase expectations jumped this year, to 31 per cent, and are now back in line with the 30 to 33 per cent levels seen in the three surveys before 2013. The European share of estimated global five-year demand also moved back in line with norms at 18 per cent in the 2014 survey. European operators are still contending with sluggish growth and increased political tensions.

Within the current setting, the buoyancy of operator attitudes is surprising. Russia, which supported the region before 2013 with strong local purchasing ambitions, has slipped in reported purchase plans in the 2014 survey, as Western sanctions expanded over the Ukraine crisis. Honeywell must note that Russian responses in this year’s survey were again limited, so the small sample has an added element of volatility.

A comparison of the planned timing for European purchases indicates uneven proportions of demand in the next three years of the five-year window, with about 20 per cent allocated through 2015 followed by a 13 per cent dip in 2016 and a strong rebound to over 30 per cent in 2017.

“The long-term macro trends that support demand for business jets are still in place, notwithstanding the topical issues we find colouring responses to the 2014 Operator Survey,” Sill said. “We believe global business aviation growth will be aided by structural and regulatory reforms, longer-term economic growth and aircraft innovation. As a systems supplier, we believe product innovation in the form of aircraft connectivity and communication technology solutions like the JetWave Ka-band satellite connectivity system, safety and situational awareness offerings like the IntuVue weather radar, as well as flexible service offerings and value-added upgrades, will support the expanded use of business aircraft as a key tool in the global economy.”

Used Jet & Flight Activity

Shifting from jet purchases to flight activity, over the course of the past year the pace of recovery has improved but remains somewhat mixed. Much of the ground lost by operations during the 2009 recession still remains to be recaptured, while moderate improvements in international flight activity and in U.S. operations in general have continued into 2014.

Among the indices followed by Honeywell, pre-owned jets for sale and flight activity continue to receive special attention.

The number of pre-owned jets for sale today has fallen from a year ago. Approximately 10 per cent of today’s fleet is up for resale, down from a high of nearly 16 per cent reached in 2009. Current levels are normal in light of the past decade’s history; meanwhile, asking prices continue to drift lower.

4Before 2008, younger inventory (10 or fewer years old) usually made up 20 per cent of what was for sale, but this year, the percentage of younger used jets still hovers at just over a quarter of all listings. This is down from record averages of about 30 per cent reached in 2009. In 2014, improvements have occurred in the total young jet listings but in proportion to the decline in overall listings, keeping the overall share stable. Operator respondents increased their used jet acquisition plans moderately again in this year’s survey by about two points, equating to 28 per cent of their fleets in the next five years.

All regions posted increased used jet buying plans except Latin America. The used jet purchase plan increases over the last two surveys mesh nicely with the observed decline in used inventory for sale. Honeywell also sees increases in regions that experienced declines in new jet purchase plans, perhaps reflecting a shift in the near term to a more financially conservative approach to upgrading or expanding business jet fleets with used equipment.

Prospects for improved levels of flying activity in the near future remain modest. Honeywell expects US business jet cycles to close this year with an expansion of about 5 to 6 per cent, largely driven by international flight growth and relatively strong charter operations. 2015 should also bring growth in the low single digits.

European activity in 2014 — which does not include Russia in this case — is expected to decline approximately 1 per cent. International flights (outside the EU) are actually slightly positive thus far this year. Modest growth is expected in 2015, driven in part by improved economic prospects in Western and Central Europe but remaining exposed to further drags imposed by the ongoing political tensions present with Russia.

Fractional Market

Flight activity for charter-like operations and fractional ownership appears to be doing relatively well in the US but not yet translating into many new aircraft deliveries. Fractional operators have taken only 11 new jets through mid-year. Large order backlogs accumulated over the past two years should impact delivery performance favorably beginning in the second half of 2014 based on delivery schedules.


Honeywell’s forecast methodology is based on multiple sources including, but not limited to, macroeconomic analyses, original equipment manufacturers’ development plans shared with the company, and expert deliberations from aerospace industry experts. Honeywell also taps into information gathered from interviews conducted during the forecasting cycle with over 1,500 non-fractional business jet operators worldwide. The survey sample is representative of the entire industry in terms of geography, operation and fleet composition. This comprehensive approach provides Honeywell with unique insights into operator sentiments, preferences and concerns, and provides considerable insight into product development needs and opportunities.

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Norway embarks on airspace overhaul Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:30:53 +0000 More ››]]> NorwayAvinor will be implementing the largest change in airspace organisation ever in Norway on November 13 to accommodate growth in air traffic, increased safety, efficient operations and to reduce its environmental footprint. 

The changes, developed in dialogue with the airlines, will in total impact 16 airports, including airports in Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim.

Changes will be implemented in the early hours at night on November 13. ATFM regulation (i.e. reduced number of arrivals per hour at the largest airports) will be enforced immediately after the implementation in order to ensure flight safety while making sure that the new system is working as expected.

Restrictions will be highest immediately after implementation, with the largest delays expected in the morning hours of November 13. Restrictions will gradually be lifted, until normal operations are allowed. Avinor is working closely with the airlines to reduce consequences as much as possible for travelers.

Helicopter traffic for the Norwegian continental shelf will also be affected.

Sixteen airports will be influenced by the new airspace structure including: Bergen/Flesland, Florø, Førde/Bringeland, Haugesund/Karmøy, Kristiansand/Kjevik, Kristiansund/ Kvernberget, Molde/Årø, Røros, Sandane/Anda, Sogndal, Stord/Sørstokken, Stavanger/Sola, Trondheim/Værnes, Ørland, Ørsta-Volda/Hovden og Ålesund/Vigra.

Delays at these airports may also lead to some delays at other airports in Norway.

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DSNA consolidates navigation services in its lower airspace Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:11:10 +0000 More ››]]> UntitledThe transfer of approach control service from the Grenoble-Isere operational unit to the Lyon-Saint Exupery operational unit was successfully implemented on October 16.

Located in the East of France, near the Geneva airport, the Lyon-Saint Exupery operational unit is  now providing 24 hour approach control service to four commercial airports : Lyon Saint-Exupery, Lyon-Bron, Valence et Grenoble-Isere.

Due to its size and its aeronautical history, France has a dense network of airports which is unique in Europe. The ten largest airports handle about 85 per cent of all commercial flights, whereas the others handle fewer flights with many constraints in terms of service continuity and time windows. Commercial activity is weak at airports working with a single operator.

The transfer of approach control service from Grenoble-Isere to Lyon-Saint Exupery is an example of DSNA’s efforts to consolidate air navigation service and to manage the economic fluctuations of air transport with greater efficiency.

DSNA aims to provide the best service at the best cost by optimizing the use of its human resources, both qualitatively and quantitatively, by fine-tuning the level of a controller’s qualifications according to control centre activity and by maintaining skills during periods of heavy traffic.

Maurice Georges, director of the French air navigation service provider DSNA, said: “Implementing a more efficient organisation of our air traffic management in the lower airspace is our objective so that the French model can offer quality and competitive services to all our operational partners and customers”.

DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne) is the French Air Navigation Service Provider within direction générale de l’Aviation civile (DGAC). DSNA is member of SESAR and FABEC (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands and Switzerland). With 2,8 million IFR Flights handled in 2013, France is still Europe’s leading provider of air navigation services. It opeartes five area control centres, 81 control towerrs in mainland France and Corsica with three overseas regional structures. Employing 7,700 people, DSNA registered a one-day traffic peak of 10,141 flights on 11 July 2014.

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Central European ATC eyes JV potential Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:51:07 +0000 More ››]]> FAB CE_singing ceremony_17102014_low res

The air navigation service providers within the Functional Airspace Block of Central Europe (FAB CE) have united to form a joint venture in a bid to capture future business as Europe heads towards its vision of common procurement.

FAB CE Aviation Services has been established by the ANSPs of Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, and it is expected that BHANSA from Bosnia and Herzegovina will join the association at a later stage.

The joint venture will be responsible for the support of the implementation of the FAB CE programme.

Its members said the establishment of FAB CE Aviation Services – which is the second company in Europe established under a FAB umbrella besides NUAC (Nordic Unified Air Traffic Control) – is a significant milestone in implementing the European Union’s Single European Sky (SES II) programme.

The company will be responsible for the management of various regional air navigation projects, will foster implementation of existing FAB CE projects, and facilitate the exchange of services within FAB CE, including the common procurement of high-level professional support, project management and administrative services. In the longer term, the company said it may also target new activities such as building common infrastructure.

“FAB CE Aviation Services may well become a significant contributor in core areas of expertise in the Single European Sky programme. Performance improvements supporting the delivery of air traffic management services in a larger operating area can result in considerable savings,” said Kornél Szepessy, chairman of FAB CE CEO Committee and CEO of HungaroControl.

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airBaltic completes green AMBER project Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:30:56 +0000 More ››]]>

Latvian airline airBaltic together with its consortium partners AirbusProSky and Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme have completed the AMBER project under the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE).

Launched in 2013, AMBER introduced Europe’s first green flights for turboprop aircraft.

AMBER has laid a solid foundation to establish new arrival procedures for Riga Airport that will shorten the distances flown, improve flight trajectories to avoid residential areas and reduce people’s exposure to noise, as well as cut fuel consumption and emissions.

The project introduced satellite-based approach procedures at Riga Airport for airBaltic’s state-of-the art Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft and thus helped to practice greener flying.

The main objective of the AMBER (Arrival Modernization for Better Efficiency in Riga) project was to introduce new arrival procedures at Riga International Airport, to reduce CO2 emissions and noise levels at the airport and close vicinity, especially the touristic Jurmala area located on the coastline of Latvia, north west of the airport.

The new trajectory is up to 30 nautical miles shorter towards runway than what was being flown previously, and enables reducing CO2 emissions by up to 300 kg on every Q400 flight. When rolled out to its full scale, the green flying will reduce CO2 emissions by 5 million kilograms annually for airBaltic.

“The new green procedures that have been established and flown with our Bombardier Q400 Next Gen turboprops will be available to any airline flying to Riga with the relevant aircraft equipment. The procedures will also be suitable for our brand new Bombardier CSeries jets, which will be introduced into service in 2015, and will provide further benefits for operations out of Riga, on top of their unmatched fuel efficiency,” said Captain Pauls Calitis, vice president flight operations of airBaltic.

The AMBER project is implemented by airBaltic in partnership with Airbus ProSky subsidiary specialized in modern flight operations solutions and Latvia’s Air Navigation Service Provider LGS and sponsored by SESAR, the air traffic management research programme of the Singe European Sky. With this project, SESAR will be able to demonstrate that the entire commercial aviation community, including regional aircraft, can change and reduce its impact on the environment.

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ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) is a surveillance technique that relies on aircraft broadcasting their position and other information derived from onboard systems such as globa navigation satellite systems.

Position and other information is sent every few seconds to a network of ground stations and routed to the ATM system in Avinor’s ATC centre.

The introduction contributes to increased safety for the thousands of flights that is carried out annually in the area and is a milestone for Norwegian and European aviation.

“Avinor is the first in Europe to implement ATC services based on ADS-B only,” said director of En-Route Services in Avinor Jan Gunnar Pedersen.

The ADS-B system will initially be operational in Ekofisk ADS-area and will be expanded to cover Balder ADS-area in January 2015, and continuously be implemented further north in the future. The introduction of ADS-B paves the way for an implementation of Controlled Airspace at a larger scale on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This will improve safety further, where Avinor will be responsible for managing traffic flow and ensure separation between helicopters flying in the area.
The introduction of ADS-B also requires an upgrade of equipment onboard the helicopters and NCAA have set requirements for airborne equipment. Avinor has worked closely with the helicopter operators, avionics suppliers and regulators to refine requirements and guidelines for certification of ADS-B equipment. The first 12 helicopters are now ready and there will be a rapid increase in the number of ADS-B equipped helicopters until the establishment of Controlled Airspace in 2015, when all helicopters are required to be equipped.

Avinor has cooperated with EUROCONTROL on the development of the ADS-B implementation. In addition to a financial contribution from EUROCONTROL in support of validation, Avinor ANS have benefited from this close cooperation, especially related to standardisation, safety work and certification issues for the helicopter equipage.

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New airport radar to fix wind turbine impact Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:12:55 +0000 More ››]]> A single radar that can provide traditional airport surveillance functions and mitigate against the effects of wind turbines may be a step closer following trials conducted through 2014.

Air navigation services provider, NATS, and the radar manufacturer, TERMA, trialled the use of Terma’s SCANTER system to assess its performance as an extended range wind turbine mitigation system between January and March this year.

Initial results indicated that the system was not only capable of mitigating the effects of wind turbines, but could also detect aircraft through wind farm locations, even at ranges beyond 40nm.

Following this successful initial trial, the radar was evaluated during August by the Civil Aviation Authority as part of its Spectrum Release Programme. The results confirmed that the system is capable of detecting even small targets beyond 40nm and with good low level coverage.  Based upon these initial positive results, further testing is expected to be undertaken with the CAA moving forward.

Iain Harris, NATS director of engineering, services, said: “We’re committed to working with a range of developers and radar manufactures to find the best way for airports to mitigate the impact of wind turbines. These latest trials with TERMA represent a breakthrough for airport operations, adding to our progress we have already made in the en-route environment.

“By supporting a range of technologies, we can help airports to manage their long term risk while ensuring they have a solution that best fits their individual needs.”

Michael Agergaard Riis at TERMA added: “Our solutions are based on well-proven products designed for mission-critical applications which enable us to minimise risk and respond quickly to customers’ needs. The recent trials together with NATS have further strengthened our belief that the SCANTER 4002 radar is a very capable solution for single radar wind farm mitigation.”


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Australia selects Vaisala detection sensors Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:10:15 +0000 More ››]]> Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has signed a contract with Vaisala for the delivery of Vaisala Present Weather Sensors at a value of €3.2 million.

The new contract is for three years with an option for extension by two years until the end of June 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency.

The Vaisala’s Present Weather Sensor FS11P will be used in Australia and Antarctica to automate their observations as effectively and efficiently as possible, to satisfy aviation services and industry.

The FS11P provides automated observations, giving the customer flexibility in managing their stations. With visibility measurements up to 75 km, the sensor is used to detect precipitation type and intensity and is well suited for synoptical and aeronautical applications.

According to Robert Ireland, Vaisala regional sales manager: “This contract continues the long history of the Bureau successfully using Vaisala optical sensors for observation across a wide range of climatic conditions. Most importantly it reflects the high quality of Vaisala observation equipment and the real value of such an investment.”

Vaisala’s FS11P is our runway visual range sensor, meeting both FAA and ICAO specifications for runway visibility measurement. With minimal maintenance requirements the system utilizes the world’s most widely proven sensing technology.

Vaisala has been working with the Bureau since the early 1980′s and continues to work as a supplier of meteorological equipment and services for the organization across Australia and in Antarctica, with deliveries including autosondes, sounding systems, lightning sensors, barometers and ceilometers.


The new FS11P delivery will begin in October 2014. In addition, Vaisala will be providing a training course for Bureau staff later this year to support capabilities in installing and maintaining the sensors in the field.

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