Tech Bytes

March 4, 2009
Avian radar; wind energy

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has installed a permanent avian radar system, the first major airport in the country to do so. The radar at Sea-Tac is part of an FAA research program charged with providing data and information on bird movement dynamics.

The goal is to provide guidance to FAA so it can develop procedures that may help pilots, air traffic controllers, and wildlife managers avoid a catastrophic bird strike accident.

According to a Bird Strike Committee U.S.A. report, the initial deployment of avian radars is being supplemented with additional units at O’Hare, JFK, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airports.

Architectural wind
Aero Vironment, Inc. manufactures the clean energy generating AVX1000 wind turbine, designed for easy installation onto concrete tilt-up buildings with little or no structural impact.
Boston Logan International Airport has installed 20 wind turbines on the airport’s Logan Office Center. Boston Logan is the first commercial airport in the nation to install and utilize wind energy technology atop their facilities.

Central Database
AvilT has launched its “eMan” centralized technical publication management solution for JetDirect Aviation. The eMan system provides easy access to all aircraft technical publications, OEM manuals, and websites from a single centralized location, improving operational efficiency, according to a press release.

The eMan system reduces maintenance costs by eliminating unnecessary duplication of information and ensures users have access to the most current revision of any technical publication from a centralized location.

Rapiscan screening
The Rapiscan real-time tomography (RTT) system is a high-speed gantry computed tomography baggage screening system. The stationary gantry design allows RTT to achieve speed and high-resolution 3-D X-ray images that can more accurately detect potential threats, the company says.