ERA will move forward with deploying an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system covering a major part of the airspace of Georgia. Under a contract that was first awarded by Georgia air navigation service provider Sakaeronavigacija in December 2016, ERA’s new ADS-B system will provide another layer of en-route surveillance of an upper flight level from 250 nm.
The contract calls for ERA to provide eight total ADS-B ground stations and two central processing stations deployed at two major Georgian airports, in the capital Tbilisi and in Kutaisi.
One of the priorities of Georgia has been to cover its airspace with updated technology to provide surveillance coverage for the eastern part of the country. The installation of the ADS-B system is intended, first of all, to improve high flight level coverage for all domestic and international flights. Due to the mountainous terrain in the country, two of the ground stations are located in an area about 8,900 feet asl and are equipped with hardware designed for operations under difficult outdoor conditions of the local harsh climate.
In order to meet these challenges, ERA as the primary contractor will deliver its multi-sensor surveillance systems. ERA will also supply its new air traffic management system ERIS, which is responsible for the integration of flight information from other data sources. The factory acceptance tests of the system should be carried out later this year with installation planned for early 2018.