World’s most accurate safety system goes live at Glasgow Airport

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  1. sobore
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    Glasgow is the first airport in the country to benefit from a new world-beating safety enhancement developed by NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions.

    NATS engineers have used NASA satellite data, which provides a three-dimensional map of the terrain around Glasgow Airport, to create the world’s most accurate model for testing unsafe altitudes.
    As a result, air traffic controllers can now test flight paths to an even higher level of precision, ensuring aircraft maintain a minimum safe distance from the ground.

    NATS Senior Systems Engineer, Andrew Wood, explains: “This is the first system in the UK to use 3D terrain mapping in a live operational environment. “The new system is the most accurate in the world. It brings improved safety for aircraft and passengers and will give controllers even greater confidence.”
    The project began in 2009 following talks between NATS and the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Safety Regulation Group. Both organisations then worked together to identify ways to provide viable altitude warnings at airfields in mountainous areas.

    Read More: http://www.blueskyexecutiveaviation...safety_system_goes_live_at_GlasgowAirport.htm
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    sounds like a great system, but why Glasgow?

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