Palermo Airport to Install WindTracer Lidar System

11 March 2010 (Last Updated March 11th, 2010 18:30)

Italy's Palermo Airport will install a Lockheed WindTracer Doppler lidar system as part of the nation's wind shear programme. The programme will be managed by Italian air traffic management organisation ENAV. The Lockheed-developed WindTracer system is a meteorological monitor

Italy's Palermo Airport will install a Lockheed WindTracer Doppler lidar system as part of the nation's wind shear programme.

The programme will be managed by Italian air traffic management organisation ENAV.

The Lockheed-developed WindTracer system is a meteorological monitoring programme, which is designed to improve the detection of hazardous winds.

The system will monitor wind field conditions vertically, horizontally and alongside the glide path during takeoff and landing at the airport's two runways.

The system will send pulses of eye-safe infrared laser light that reflects naturally-occurring particulates in the wind.

The movement of the particulates will alter the frequency of the light that is scattered back to the sensor.

The WindTracer will then detect the wind shift by processing the return signal.

During dangerous weather conditions, data from the WindTracer will help prevent wind shear-related accidents.