Bayanat Airports partners with Lockheed Martin to install WindTracer lidar in Middle East

19 November 2013 (Last Updated November 19th, 2013 18:30)

Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, a leading airport systems integrator in the Middle East, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, has installed the region's first WindTracer lidar (light detection and ranging) system at Dubai International Airport.

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Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, a leading airport systems integrator in the Middle East, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, has installed the region's first WindTracer lidar (light detection and ranging) system at Dubai International Airport.

The companies are currently installing the second and third lidar systems.

WindTracer, which is produced by Lockheed Martin, collects data on turbulence arising from approaching and departing aircraft.

The system has been used worldwide to detect hazardous winds and aircraft wakes, providing improved flight safety.

"The initial implementation of Lockheed Martin's lidar system will help Dubai International Airport meet its future demands."

Dubai International Airport is gearing up address the increase in traffic from Emirates Airlines and other airlines that use Dubai as their final destination or preferred hub in the region.

As part of Dubai airport's plan to accommodate dual arrivals on both runways, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has procured Lockheed Martin's sophisticated WindTracer lidar as an integral part of airport safety.

Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies general manager Alan Bourjeily said: "Supporting the aviation industry in the Middle East with advanced technologies provides us great opportunity to work with some of the world's leading manufacturers.

"The initial implementation of Lockheed Martin's lidar system will help Dubai International Airport meet its future demands in passenger capacity while maintaining the highest safety standards."

"We are proud to be a part of this prestigious project initiated by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects."

Commenting on the entry of lidar systems into the Middle East, Lockheed Martin's WindTracer programmes director Michael Margulis said: "WindTracer is the lidar sensor of choice for airports keen on maintaining safety while improving efficiency.

"With our systems now in place throughout major airports around the world, including in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Frankfurt, Munich, and Bangkok, we are pleased to be working with Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies to install our system for the first time in the Middle East to support ongoing aviation developments in the Emirates."

DAEP is leading the lidar project as part of plan to lead the region's aviation industry with superior technologies and solutions.

DAEP recently witnessed the inauguration Dubai International Airport's Concourse A, the world's first dedicated terminal for Emirates Airlines' Airbus A380 fleet.


Image: WindTracer, which is developed and produced by Lockheed Martin, collects data on turbulence arising from approaching and departing aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.