RWSL to Increase Runway Safety by Giving Pilots Direct Warning of Potential Incursion
EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. , Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Sensis Corporation to deploy Runway Status Lights (RWSL) at major airports across the U.S. Sensis has teamed with Siemens USA and HNTB Corporation to implement the RWSL program. RWSL is a system of red lights embedded in the pavement of runways that automatically warns pilots if it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway and "take-off hold lights" that indicate if a runway is unsafe for departure.
"Sensis has drawn on more than a decade of airport surveillance and conflict prediction and alerting technology advancements as well as over 80 deployments around the world to deliver a complete runway status light solution," said Tony Lo Brutto , Vice President and General Manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. "FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell has noted that runway status lights are another valuable tool in reducing the risk of runway incursions. Along with ASDE-X, runway status lights will provide an added layer of runway safety."
RWSL operates by automatically illuminating red lights if the airport's Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) detects traffic on or approaching the same runway.
The Sensis-led team will work with the FAA and the airports to tailor the lighting design and implementation at each site. Sensis will create, test and optimize the RWSL light activation Safety Logic to integrate RWSL with ASDE-X. Siemens USA will deliver the field lighting systems and HNTB Corporation will provide construction management and site design.
ABOUT SENSIS CORPORATION
Sensis Corporation provides sensors, information technology, and simulation and modeling to the world's air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities, airports, airlines and militaries. Sensis Corporation solutions are deployed around the world. For more information regarding Sensis Corporation, visit www.sensis.com.
ABOUT HNTB CORPORATION
HNTB Corporation is a national, employee-owned infrastructure firm serving federal, state, municipal and private clients. Nearly 3,000 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide provide award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management services for highway, toll road, bridge, airport, rail and water projects. For more information about HNTB Corporation, visit www.hntb.com.
ABOUT SIEMENS USA
Siemens Airfield Solutions (SAS) is recognized as the global leader in providing innovative, cost-effective solutions and services to support critical airfield operations. By supplying FAA-approved airfield lighting products and systems, SAS facilitates takeoffs and landings in adverse weather conditions and improves safety for aircraft on the ground. SAS also provides design-build capability, assisting its airport partners to
smoothly and cost-effectively implement the latest technology for their airfield system control and monitoring needs. SAS is a business unit within the Traffic Solutions Division of Siemens Mobility. For more information, visit www.sas.siemens.com.
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