Luxembourg Airport to deploy Saab Sensis’ A-SMGCS to boost runway safety

3 June 2013 (Last Updated June 3rd, 2013 18:30)

The Administration de la Navigation Aerienne (ANA) has selected Saab Sensis' advanced-surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) for deployment at Luxembourg Airport.

Luxembourg Airport

The Administration de la Navigation Aerienne (ANA) has selected Saab Sensis' advanced-surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) for deployment at Luxembourg Airport.

Installation of the A-SMGCS system is being undertaken to boost the safety and efficiency of the airport's runway and manoeuvring areas.

The system will bring together surveillance data from multiple sources like Saab Sensis multilateration sensors, two surface movement radars and VeeLo NextGen vehicle locators to offer a comprehensive view of the airport surface.

Saab Sensis' A-SMGCS system will also locate and detect all aircraft and vehicles operating on the surface, to offer runway incursion alerts to the air traffic controllers.

The obtained surveillance data will then be integrated with the company's Safety Logic conflict detection and alerting algorithms that provide controllers with better visual and audio alerts of possible runway incursions.

In addition, a NAVCAN suite integrated tower automation system will be deployed to display the data at controller working positions.

ANA ATC head François Mathieu said that as the country's main airport, Luxembourg Airport's runway needs to operate safely regardless of the weather condition.

"Installation of the A-SMGCS system is being undertaken to boost the safety and efficiency of the airport's runway and manoeuvring areas."

"The Saab Sensis A-SMGCS provides us with all-weather surveillance needed for enhanced airport surface safety and improved year-round operational efficiency," Mathieu said.

Handling a diverse array of aircraft, ranging from scheduled commercial traffic to general aviation flights, Luxembourg Airport is a single runway airport serving about 100,000 movements per year.

Saab Sensis senior vice president Ken Kaminski said that the system uses surveillance technologies and conflict detection, as well as alerting capabilities to provide ANA with an enhanced safety and efficiency solution.

"Our A-SMGCS has the flexibility to grow with the airport, such as coupling the system with wide area multilateration for terminal area surveillance and data sharing for Collaborative Decision Making applications," Kaminski said.

The system is currently commissioned or being deployed at over 40 global airports globally, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X programme.


Image: A-SMGCS would boost Luxembourg Airport's runway safety and efficiency. Photo: courtesy of Christian Ries.