ITT Exelis to modernise noise and flight tracking at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

27 November 2012 (Last Updated November 27th, 2012 18:30)

ITT Exelis has received a contract from the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority to modernise noise and flight tracking systems deployed at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in Florida, US.

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ITT Exelis has received a contract from the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority to modernise noise and flight tracking systems deployed at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) in Florida, US.

As part of the contract, ITT Exelis will replace the existing terminal radar data feed with the latest NextGen surveillance, which is expected to enhance analysis and reliability of existing noise and operations monitoring system.

The upgraded system will also offer the airport with high precision flight tracking, more regular updates and improved reliability.

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport president and CEO Fredrick Piccolo said that the current agreement marks the continuation of a partnership with Exelis.

"The enhancements to our noise monitoring system provides the airport with the latest technology available and demonstrates SRQ's strong commitment to being a good neighbour," Piccolo said.

The incorporation of Exelis solution with the NextGen surveillance feed will allow generation of more precise geo-referenced flight tracks with enhanced update rates when compared to other single terminal radar.

The modernised system will also allow the airport to address community concerns regarding aircraft noise.

Sarasota Manatee Airport already uses noise and operations monitoring solution from Exelis that allows confirming, monitoring and enhancing aircraft departure and arrival procedures.

The US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen initiative is aimed at enhancing safety and efficiency of operation, while reducing aircraft emissions.


Image: The upgraded system will offer the airport high precision flight tracking, increased regular updates and improved reliability. Photo: courtesy of Houston Airport System.