Northrop Grumman‘s UK-based air traffic management subsidiary, Park Air Systems, will deliver ground-to-air communication services for 15 airports in the country under a contract signed with ATC services provider NATS Services.

Park Air’s communication systems will leverage the existing infrastructure and will enable airports to comply with the 8.33kHz channel spacing standards set by EuroControl, a European organisation for the safety of air navigation.

London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are among the airports that will be serviced by Park Air.

"Our solution makes maximum use of the existing assets."

Park Air managing director Charles Houseago said: "Park Air has for many years delivered innovative air traffic communication solutions to UK customers including both NATS and the Ministry of Defence.

"Our solution makes maximum use of the existing assets whilst injecting new technology to meet legislative and support demands, thereby allowing our customers to sustain a highly reliable service at the lowest possible cost."

The re-use of Park Air’s existing assets, which have several years of life remaining, will be maximised to enable NATS reduce costs.

In June this year, Park Air Systems received a similar contract to supply ground-to-air communication system from the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) for deployment in Curacao airport.

The company supplied high power 200W T6 VHF radios as part of ground-to-air communications for pilots using the Curacao Flight Information Region.

Image: London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Photo: courtesy of Warren Rohner.