Saab Sensis has been selected by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) in the US to enhance the existing Aerobahn airport surface management system and improve departure management services to support John F. Kennedy International Airport’s (JFK) ground management programme.
As per the contract, the company will enhance and expand the currently installed Aerobahn system by incorporating several new features including a Departure Management System.
The Departure Management System uses ration-by-schedule logic and departure sequence algorithms to help reduce fuel waste and improve efficiency.
Ken Kaminski, Saab Sensis vice president and general manager, said: "The port is at the forefront of addressing taxi time delays and environmental concerns through a shared operational platform and departure metering solution."
Kaminski said: "All key JFK stakeholders will have the industry’s most advanced surface management solution at their computer screens, comprising situational awareness, optimised departure sequencing and a number of highly customisable tools to proactively improve the customer’s flying experience across the multiplex,".
Saab Sensis will also manage and staff the JFK Departure Metering Coordination Center through its partner, Robinson Aviation (RVA).
The Aerobahn Departure Metering tool will offer airlines and terminal stakeholders with automated flight metering assignments to enhance the departure sequencing process for a further reduction in taxi times and more efficient use of the runways.
Aerobahn combines the airside operational information, including flight schedules, planned arrival and departure gates and passenger / bag connection information, with accurate aircraft and vehicle surveillance and identification for a real-time view of surface operations.
The system also provides customisable tools that facilitate proactive management of surface operations, including departure / arrival queues, runway use status, and traffic flow monitoring which result in reduced emissions and enhanced operational performance.
Aerobahn’s Dynamic Rules event alerting capability facilitates users to create modified alerts for critical operating conditions which include arrival and departure rates, gate utilisation, or long on-board delays which are recorded for future playback.
Further, the Port Authority will also extend Aerobahn services to LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty (EWR) International Airports, resulting in multi-airport Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) environment.
Image: Saab will incorporate Departure Management System into the Aerobahn at JFK airport that minimises the fuel burn and maximises airport efficiency. Photo: Mike Powell