Wed, Mar 02, 2011
Designed To Minimize Runway Incursions By Support
The NTSB has had runway incursions on its "Most Wanted" list of
transportation safety improvements every year since the list's
inception in 1990. The FAA has similarly made "reduction in the
number and severity of runway incursions" one of its top
priorities. To address that issue, Garmin and a company called I.D.
Technology have partnered to develop SafeNav Powered by Garmin: an
on-vehicle, GPS-based navigation and alert system designed to
provide airport vehicle operators with real-time situational
awareness, with the goal of avoiding accidental runway
In an Advisory Circular, the FAA states:
"The control of vehicular activity on the airside of an airport is
of the highest importance. The airport operator is responsible for
developing procedures, procuring equipment, and providing training
regarding vehicle operations to ensure aircraft and personnel
SafeNav Powered by Garmin is designed to address precisely these
concerns. The system enhances the situational awareness of airport
vehicle operators-regardless of visibility and other external
conditions-by providing an on-vehicle "moving map" of the vehicle's
location on the airport.
- Built-in maps of over 950 U.S. airports, based on the reference
airport diagrams used by aircraft equipped with Garmin's SafeTaxi
- Real-time tracking of vehicle location on the airport via a
4.3-inch, wide-format, touchscreen display.
- Built-in geo-fencing algorithms to define airport runways.
- Risk-weighted color coding on maps to alert vehicle operators
visually to potential runway incursions.
- Automatic audible alarming to alert vehicle operators aurally
to potential runway incursions.
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