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ERAU to Use ITT’s Flight Tracking System

By Tish Drake | October 5, 2011
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ITT Corp. signed a two-year agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to provide its Symphony OpsVue flight tracking and situational awareness system for flight training programs at the university’s Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses.

ITT’s Symphony OpsVue application will offer students a complete and accurate real-time view of airway and airport activity. Providing flexible data visualization options, the system incorporates the most comprehensive aircraft surveillance data available, including data from FAA’s NextGen surveillance system, which ITT installed and will operate and maintain. OpsVue is one module within ITT’s comprehensive Symphony application suite.

Symphony OpsVue is based on a synthesis of all FAA air traffic en route and surface surveillance data available in the U.S. National Airspace System. In addition to using ADS-B data derived directly from the national NextGen ADS-B network, OpsVue data sources include FAA en route and terminal secondary surveillance radar; FAA ASDE-X (Airport Surface Detection Equipment – X-band); and FAA WAM (Wide Area Multilateration).

“ITT continually looks to support smart, reliable and efficient airspace management. As one of the earlier adopters of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, Embry-Riddle has been using cutting-edge technologies to train pilots since 1925. We are proud to offer this powerful new resource to help pilots-in-training make real-time decisions based on a complete view of their operations,” said John Kefaliotis, ITT’s vice president of Next Generation Transportation Systems.

“ITT’s surveillance data and flight tracking display application has brought an unprecedented level of situational awareness that did not exist before, making Embry-Riddle’s flight program safer,” said Steven Hampton, Associate Dean for Research, College of Aviation, at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. “We are pleased to extend our relationship with ITT and assist in developing solutions with industry leaders to today’s and tomorrow’s aeronautical and aerospace challenges.”

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