The Radar Screen Goes Online
PHOENIX Webinnovation was introduced at Hamburg Airport to provide control vehicle drivers with a visual representation of the aircraft, as well as an acoustic one – listening to the radio frequencies of the tower and pilots – as an additional support, explains Christian Schultz, Manager Operational Services at Hamburg Airport. The web-based air situation display thus ideally complements DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung’s existing Phoenix system, which has been used successfully at Hamburg Airport for years, both in apron control and in the traffic control centre. It enables the visual tracking of the spaces and distances between aircraft, which is particularly beneficial in bad weather conditions.
Positive Feedback from Users
It is extremely well received by the users – a good six months after take-off at both airports, DFS Aviation Services is receiving consistently positive feedback from the employees who use the system every day. The amount of training required is low, the system runs reliably and without downtime, and in some cases new functions have already been implemented based on the feedback from users.
Many Possible Applications in All Areas of Air Traffic
In Hamburg, the apron drivers benefit from the real-time information provided on take-off and landing times, which they now receive in their vehicles in the same way as their colleagues in the control centres. The drivers can thus better coordinate and plan their journeys. At Schwäbisch Hall, PHOENIX web innovation is used in the tower to display the air situation. This not only increases safety, but the precise display also enables the tower crew to control approaches in such a way that the aircraft noise pollution affecting the surrounding communities can be kept as low as possible.
Photos: HAM Airport/Michael Penner, DFS