Seattle-Tacoma Airport to Use New Avian Radar System

18 January 2010 (Last Updated January 18th, 2010 18:30)

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the US will implement a new avian radar system that offers real-time displays of bird activity on and around the airport to minimise bird-strike incidences. In partnership with researchers from the University of Illinois and the Federal Aviation A

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the US will implement a new avian radar system that offers real-time displays of bird activity on and around the airport to minimise bird-strike incidences.

In partnership with researchers from the University of Illinois and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Seattle-Tacoma Airport will be the first airport in the country to use the advanced bird tracking system.

The airport has installed three avian radars, two of which have been positioned on the airport's office building and one in the middle of the airfield between two runways.

The airport has been a site for avian radar research since 2007.

The FAA has established a centre of excellence for airport technology at the University of Illinois, where the research programme was built.

Accipiter Radar supplied the project equipment that provides geographic displays of bird activity on Google Earth maps.