Client: Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA)
Project: Saab Aerobahn Airport Surface Management System
Role: Aerobahn Implementation, Project Management, API Development, Mobile Application Development, Training and Support
Since July of 2017, E.K. Associates along with defense and security company, Saab, has deployed their Aerobahn Airport Surface Management system at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Aerobahn combines airside operational information, such as flight schedules, with the exact location and identification of aircraft and vehicles on the surface of the airport and surrounding airspace for a real-time, comprehensive view of surface operations. Saab has also deployed a 51 sensor Surface Multilateration (MLAT) surface surveillance system at LAX which provides real-time positional data to Aerobahn for all aircraft on the airport surface including movement areas, taxiways and gate areas. Each sensor is connected via a dedicated wireless communications network and is powered using a solar cell array with dedicated battery back-up which provides an extremely economical solution that is independent of the power grid and remains unaffected by changes to the airport’s power and communications networks.
E.K. has partnered with Saab to provide Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and its airport stakeholders, including airlines and ancillary service providers with a common surveillance and communications platform that will enable them to enhance the operational efficiency of the airport’s ramp areas and improve the overall efficiency of the world’s fourth busiest airport. At LAX, each authorized airline and service provider will have access to the browser-based Aerobahn service with the ability to customize Aerobahn to their operational needs.
Aerobahn users at LAX are now able to observe departure queues, view actual arrival demand and contrast the demand with available gates for arriving aircraft with the Airport Status Dashboard (ASD). The Aerobahn Global Flight Manager (GFM) application enables users to monitor flights en-route, in terminal and on surface segments, helping users track flight progress and identify, avoid, and manage disruptions like flight diversions and holds occurring in the network. Users can access this information from any computer or from a cell phone with the Aerobahn mobile application.