Sensis runway safety equipment commissioned

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Publication date: 25 January 2008



(2008), "Sensis runway safety equipment commissioned", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 80 No. 1.

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Sensis runway safety equipment commissioned

Sensis runway safety equipment commissioned

Sensis Corporation has announced that its Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) system at Louisville International Airport is operational. ASDE-X uses a combination of surface movement radar, transponder multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) sensors to provide air traffic controllers with an accurate picture of the location and identity of aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface. Further, the system's advanced conflict detection and alerting technology, safety logic, detects and alerts controllers to potential aircraft and vehicle collision situations. The improved situational awareness provided by ASDE-X enables controllers to more safely and efficiently manage movement on the airport surface – one of the most error- prone and congested phases of flight.

“In the face of rising air traffic levels, the ASDE-X system allows Louisville Airport to maintain safety, capacity and efficiency,” said Marc Viggiano, President of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. “Additionally, by supporting next generation technologies such as ADS-B, the investment addresses the needs of the National Airspace System tomorrow as well as today.”

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is in the process of deploying the ASDE-X system to a total of 35 of the USA's airports. With the addition of Louisville International Airport, the system is operational and commissioned at nine airports.