Belgium’s Belgocontrol develops tool to measure upper winds

27 November 2017 (Last Updated November 27th, 2017 11:11)

Belgian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Belgocontrol has developed a new tool to inform pilots and air traffic controllers on upper winds.

Belgium’s Belgocontrol develops tool to measure upper winds
Aircraft in flight. Credit: Belgocontrol.

Belgian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Belgocontrol has developed a new tool to inform pilots and air traffic controllers on upper winds.

The tool is designed to improve approach safety at Brussels Airport.

A very strong tailwind at high altitude is said may lead to a non-stabilised approach, which could cause a missed approach with overshoot or the go-around procedure.

Currently, information about wind direction and force-at-approach are transmitted in real-time to the air traffic control (ATC) tower automatically by aircraft approaching Brussels Airport via the Belgocontrol radars.

“Information about wind direction and force-at-approach are transmitted in real-time to the air traffic control (ATC) tower.”

Belgocontrol’s newly-developed tool has been tested for the past several months at Brussels Airport’s control tower.

Wind parameters are calculated by extracting mode-S radar data and delivering precise real-time wind measures for various altitudes to pilots and controllers.

Expected to be fully operational at the beginning of December this year, the tool will provide the air traffic controllers with an improved and real-time overview of the situation at high altitude.

This will enable the controllers to guide pilots even more effectively when landing.

In the next few months, the ANSP will begin providing data on approach wind direction and force to both pilots and different airlines through automatic terminal information service (ATIS) messages.

The coded messages deliver important information on an airport, such as meteorological data, runways in use, and available approaches.