Saab has introduced its new Aerobahn De-icing Manager, which is integrated with the company's suite of airport and airline automation tools, which help airport operators, airlines and de-icing firms manage and track the aircraft de-icing process.
The technology schedules and sequences aircraft into centralised de-icing pads, tracking de-icing queue lengths and occupancy times, in addition to recording the de-icing process automatically.
Integrating airport surface surveillance and flight information, the new de-icing manager offers real-time situational awareness of de-icing pad activity.
Saab ATM general manager Ken Kaminski said that the de-icing process requires situational awareness, communication and sharing of common information between airlines, airport operators and de-icing service providers.
"The Aerobahn De-icing Manager enables all stakeholders to better plan and coordinate during a snow event, reducing taxi time, fuel burn and flight delays even when the weather is at its worst," Kaminski said.
The system also features several analytical elements that assist in better planning the de-icing process, including approximate de-icing queue entry, pad entry, occupancy and exit times, while the generation of suggested push-back times facilitate limiting queue lengths.
The Aerobahn Product Suite, which features Surface Manager, Departure Manager, Airport Dashboard and De-icing Manager, would also enhance the efficiency and collaboration among airport authorities, airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs).
The suite is claimed to have been deployed at 25 global airports, including Atlanta, Denver, New York - JFK, Charlotte and Phoenix International Airports.
Image: Saab's Aerobahn Product Suite is currently operational at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US.