Tue, Aug 14, 2007
Uses Surface Radar, ADS-B To Display Ground Ops
The National Air Traffic Controllers
Association tells ANN it is looking forward to the commissioning of
two sites this month for the Airport Surface Detection Equipment
– Model X (ASDE-X) system, which the union says is very
effective in helping controllers prevent runway incursions. ASDE-X
will upgrade the ground radar systems at Chicago O’Hare and
Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
ASDE-X uses a combination of surface movement radar, transponder
multilateration and ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance
Broadcast) sensors to provide air traffic controllers with an
accurate picture of the location and identity of aircraft and
vehicles on the airport surface.
Ben Murray, NATCA Facility Representative at Charlotte Tower,
feels the system installation has proceeded very well with just a
few issues which are common with this type of complex deployment.
The updated system will provide Charlotte controllers with
information which may reduce departure delays and enable
controllers to more safely and efficiently manage movement on the
"NATCA supports the modernization of the air traffic control
system and the ASDE-X program," NATCA President Patrick Forrey
said. "This type of technology is an example of using new
technology to assist the air traffic controllers working in control
towers along with providing more information to the controller
without increased workload.
"Controllers were active in the initial development of the
ASDE-X system and through coordination with the prime contractor,
Sensis Corporation, have continued their efforts to see this
project to completion. Sensis rightly has recognized that no system
like this can be successful unless those that will use it -- the
air traffic controllers -- are included in the process of making
sure it is safe and works correctly and we thank them for including
us in this partnership."
Fort Lauderdale International Airport is scheduled for delivery
of ASDE-X in October.
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