Satellite-based instrument landing system introduced at Melbourne Airport

dsc_0598

An aircraft landing system known as SmartPath has been activated at Melbourne Airport with the new installation being the second of its type in the southern hemisphere.

The SmartPath technology (otherwise known as a Ground Based Augmentation System, GBAS) is a precision approach and landing system allowing suitably equipped aircraft to land in low visibility conditions.

The technology improves the accuracy of positioning aircraft on approach to an airport and guides them along a predictable, precise landing path by correcting reporting from Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and transmitting data directly to an aircraft’s flight management system.

Airservices Executive General Manager Air Navigation Services Stephen Angus said the implementation of SmartPath at Melbourne Airport was part of Airservices continuing focus on technology and performance. SmartPath was first installed at Sydney Airport in 2014.

“The integration of SmartPath both at Sydney and Melbourne Airports highlights Airservices commitment to embracing Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS) technology which deliver higher performance services to our customers,” Mr Angus said.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said Melbourne Airport welcomed the move towards more effective and reliable forms of aircraft navigation utilising satellite-based technology.

“GBAS can provide a more resilient system for all runway approaches at Melbourne Airport, providing airlines and air travellers an enhanced level of service particularly when the airport is experiencing poor weather conditions,” Mr Gandy said.

The benefits of GBAS at other locations have included more efficient descent and landings as well as less flight disruptions and improved airport capacity from accurately guided, simultaneous operations.

Airservices continues to work with the airline industry to encourage increased rates of installation of SmartPath-capable avionics.

A video of GBAS is available on Airservices YouTube channel, AirservicesTV.

Posted on: May 31, 2017

More News

Related topics

Airservices provides safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry.

Santa makes flying visit to Airservices Australia ahead of Operation Present Drop this Christmas

Check out all the video action of Santa’s visit to Airservices here. With Christmas fast approaching, Santa made a special, top-secret trip to Airservices Australia this week to confirm his flight path and ensure all is in order for Operation Present Drop on Christmas Eve. As Australia’s official Santa flight management team, Airservices has allocated […]

Airservices Australia strikes new in-principle Enterprise Agreement with United Fire Fighters Union of Australia

Airservices Australia is pleased to announce it has finalised an in-principle, 12-month Enterprise Agreement with the United Fire Fighters Union of Australia Aviation Branch (UFUAV). Airservices has been engaging with UFUAV and the Australian Public Service Commission to finalise a new Agreement in line with the Public Sector Interim Workplace Arrangements. Under the new Agreement, […]

Brisbane New Parallel Runway Flight Paths Post Implementation Review Draft Report available for comment

Airservices Australia is inviting the Brisbane community to comment on the Brisbane New Parallel Runway Flight Paths Post Implementation Review (PIR) Draft Report. The PIR Draft Report outlines the recommendations Airservices will progress following both the Trax International Final Report and Airservices’ review of the New Parallel Runway Flight Paths – with a focus on […]

Airservices marks International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

The nation’s air navigation service provider, Airservices Australia, is today celebrating International Day of the Air Traffic Controller. Airservices is proud of its world-class safety record and safety-first culture. Our highly skilled air traffic controllers are among the world’s best, managing the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and between airports throughout […]