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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Improving Airport Ground Safety

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for the Low-Cost Ground Surveillance (LCGS) program to heighten situational awareness of airport surface traffic. The contract is for the installation of the LCGS system at the Reno, NV airport and includes options for installation at additional airports.
LCGS will provide surface surveillance at U.S. airports to significantly upgrade efficiency and safety. This is especially critical at small and medium-size airports where air traffic controllers currently rely only on their "out-of-the-window" view of surface traffic as the primary means for avoiding conflicts and maintaining operational capacity and safety. That view can be severely hampered by adverse weather conditions, compromising safety for travelers.
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