Tuesday, October 2, 2012
FAA to Provide $1.3 Million for Airport Surveillance Equipment
FAA is providing $1.3 million in grants for Chicago O’Hare, Denver and San Francisco International Airports for vehicle surveillance equipment to reduce the risk of “conflicts” between airport safety vehicles and aircraft.
Each airport will receive $421,875 to purchase up to 75 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) units to allow air traffic controllers to locate vehicles on the airfield during low visibility conditions.
FAA said the ADS-B units will be installed on airport operations vehicles such as fire trucks and snow plows.
The grants are being provided through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program.
“This grant allows ground equipment operators to have a better situational awareness of where they are on the airfield, which increases airport safety,” said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta.