Zürich International Airport installs technology to enhance efficiency during adverse weather

8 October 2014 (Last Updated October 8th, 2014 18:30)

Zürich International Airport will analyse the reduction behind medium aircraft in low-visibility operations with the help of Airbus ProSky as it aims to improve its efficiency during adverse weather conditions.

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Zürich International Airport will analyse the reduction behind medium aircraft in low-visibility operations with the help of Airbus ProSky as it aims to improve its efficiency during adverse weather conditions.

With Airbus ProSky, Zürich Airport will be able to model its environment with a high level of accuracy and the geometry of disturbances on the ILS signal in 3D.

The study is aimed at making state-of-the-art simulations and comparing them with the ICAO standard tolerances which will help in improving capacity in low visibility conditions and match future GBAS CAT III standards, outsmarting the current standards.

"We strongly believe that Zürich International Airport will benefit from Airbus innovations in air traffic management technology."

Zürich Airport head of flight operations engineering Jann Döbelin was quoted by Airport World as saying: "Airbus ProSky is the recognised leader on ILS interference study and their ELISE software allows them to make predictions that have been proven reliable and close to reality."

With the aim of optimising the aircraft separation in CAT III operations, the airport has invested in 32 elements ILS antenna and is also developing optimised concepts of operations.

The airport currently handles 260,000 movements every year and is trying to improve its CAT III operations by reducing spacing behind medium-sized aircrafts which lead to more than 75% of its traffic.

Airbus Prosky CEO Paul Franck Bijou was quoted by Airport World as saying: "We are dedicated to providing the best and most accurate results on this capacity improvement study.

"We strongly believe that Zürich International Airport will benefit from Airbus innovations in air traffic management technology, making it a prime example for other airports in the region."


Image: Zürich Airport terminal. Photo: courtesy of Zürich International Airport.