DFS approves site acceptance for installation of Thales’ WAM system at Frankfurt airport

16 September 2012 (Last Updated September 16th, 2012 18:30)

German air navigation service provider (ANSP) Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) has approved its final site acceptance for installation of Thales' Precision Approach Monitoring (PAM) system at Frankfurt international airport (PAM-FRA).

Frankfurt airport

German air navigation service provider (ANSP) Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) has approved its final site acceptance for installation of Thales' Precision Approach Monitoring (PAM) system at Frankfurt international airport (PAM-FRA).

Built by Thales Air Systems & Electron Devices, the PAM wide area multilateration (WAM) system will now be integrated into the air traffic management (ATM) environment as it has completed detailed testing.

The new WAM system is scheduled to be operational by April 2013, after securing approval from the German Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF).

DFS chairman and CEO Dieter Kaden said that the WAM system enables DFS controllers at Frankfurt Airport to cope with increasing air traffic demand without compromising safety aspects.

"This new surveillance sensor technology supplies enhanced surveillance data to controllers to ease their daily operational work," Kaden said.

"It provides more flexibility to feed aircraft into the approach area around Frankfurt Airport, which helps to fulfil the demand to reduce noise over densely populated areas."

Claimed to be the first operational WAM system in Germany, Thales WAM, PAM-FRA, is expected to deliver enhanced update rates when compared to conventional radar and industry standard systems for WAM.

The system will offer air traffic controllers (ATC) with improved situational awareness, high accuracy rates and renew interval secondary surveillance, which is required to serve FRA's complex airspaces.

Frankfurt airport has recently begun operations of Thales' Instrument Landing System (ILS) 420 and Distance Measuring Equipment DME415 installed at the airport's Runway 07R.


Image: The new WAM system will update interval secondary surveillance for serving the airspace of Frankfurt airport. Photo: courtesy of Schtone.