Airbus ProSky unveils new airport surface management system

31 January 2012 (Last Updated January 31st, 2012 04:35)

Airbus Prosky, an Airbus subsidiary has unveiled a new airport surface management system (SMAN) that will provide airports with eco-efficient ground operations.

Airbus Prosky, an Airbus subsidiary has unveiled a new airport surface management system (SMAN) that will provide airports with eco-efficient ground operations.

The system will offer safe taxiway routing for pilots, all-weather guidance between the terminal gate and the runway and control of aircraft and vehicles.

The new SMAN system will enable the company to compliment its air traffic management (ATM) for air traffic control centres globally.

Airbus ProSky chief executive officer Eric Stefanello said: "Airbus ProSky is bringing together intelligent ATM components which offer the highest level of performance improvements."

The SMAN system developed by German company ATRiCS was designed for environmental efficiency and is now offered through Airbus ProSky.

ATRiCS chief executive officer Wolfgang Hatzack said: "Airbus ProSky and ATRiCS share a common goal for improving the efficiency of our airport and aviation systems."

"Our deployments in Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Frankfurt, Zurich and Düsseldorf demonstrate the safety and cost benefits for the global aviation industry with Airbus ProSky," Hatzack added.

The new airport surface management system will automatically switch on the green taxiway lights in front of the aircraft as it moves forward and will allow the pilot to follow the route by enlightening the correct route ahead.

The new system will reduce taxi time and maximise airport capacity and aircraft throughput, while the system's intelligent predictive guidance will prevent runway incursions and a wrong-turn.

The new system will smooth the traffic flow and allow an uninterrupted taxi speed which will result in less queuing, less stop-and-go and lower CO2 emissions.

Airbus ProSky will enhance the performance and efficiency of global ATM whose components are developed by Airbus subsidiaries, Metron Aviation and Quovadis.