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APR 2013

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RAMP SAFETY goal," Ricketson adds. "The FAA intends to have Part 139 airports completed in say the next fve to 10 years. In the long run, the FAA's plan is to focus on the large hub airports, then medium, then small, and on down the line." PREVENTING INCURSIONS ASDE-X is a runway-safety tool that enables air traffc controllers to detect potential runway conficts by providing coverage of movement on runways and taxiways. PHOTO: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. PARTS SERVICE RELIABILITY WoRkInG To ExCEEd YouR ExPECTATIonS // Maintenance Programs // Fleet Management // Compliance Inspections // Equipment Repairs & Modifcations // All Makes and Models Serviced 1-888-GARSITE (427-7483) / www.garsite.com / AviationPros.com/company/10017318 16 GROUND SUPPORT WORLDWIDE • APRIL 2013 "Right now we are looking at ways to connect some locators on our operations maintenance vehicles and grabbing feed from the ASDE-X feed [groundbased situational awareness radar]," Bartholomew says. ASDE-X is a runway-safety tool that enables air traffc controllers to detect potential runway conficts by providing coverage of movement on runways and taxiways. By collecting data from a variety of sources, ASDE-X is able to track vehicles and aircraft on airport surfaces and obtain identifcation information from aircraft transponders. "So basically having a transponder in each vehicle that connects to the ASDE-X feed for the tower so it knows where everyone is at on the airfeld at any particular time," Bartholomew explains. "Also, individual ops people will know where other ops people are at any given time." Comments Ricketson: "There have been some cases where we have almost had some accidents because we lack situational awareness, and the FAA is testing some technologies utilizing the ASDE-X feed so that all vehicles on the airfeld have the ability to understand where they are in relation to other vehicles and people moving on the airfeld." The weaknesses can be seen around the gates, according to Ricketson: "Because the airplanes aren't necessarily transponding in and around the gates you know something is there, you just don't know the type of aircraft it is. "As far as the data goes, as the eALP data comes more prevalent across the airport industry, it will be used for many things that airports have not even thought of yet. "The data is very accurate; it's survey-grade data — it is certainly going to be useful for any of the NextGen GPS navigation-based technologies." The asset management, maintenance management, and work order manage-

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