Airport safety nets for controllers at secondary airports
- SJU reference # PJ.02-W2-17.3 /Release 10
- Status In the pipeline
ALERTING CONTROLLERS TO POTENTIAL CONFLICTS AT SECONDARY AIRPORTS
This Solution was formerly part of PJ.03b-01-W1
Safety is aviation’s top priority. To ensure even safer airports, this candidate solution sets out to mitigate the risks of runway incursion and more generally the risk of incidents and accidents involving aircraft at the airport. Different, innovative types of controller alerts are being developed targeting secondary airports without A-SMGCS or where there is no alerting capability.
The candidate solution takes account of new surveillance capabilities such as ADS-B, in combination with appropriate non-cooperative sensors, e.g. extremely high frequency devices, to trigger controller alerts for incursions on the runways or conflicting situations on the airport surface in general. Video-based surveillance is used to improve situational awareness by identifying potential conflicts and decreasing the number of false alarms.
The solution aims to provide secondary airports with additional procedures to those currently available, for example reduced movements during low visibility conditions or at night or applying a single aircraft procedure. The safety nets serve to highlight areas where higher attention is needed and provide appropriate alerts to controllers. Safety is improved as a result of detection of potential and actual conflicting situations involving mobile and stationary traffic on runways, taxiways and apron/stand/gate areas, based on the available infrastructure and operational environment.