Banayat deploys key lidar system at Dubai
Dubai, November 18, 2013
UAE-based Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies joined forces with Lockheed Martin to deploy the Middle East region's first WindTracer lidar (light detection and ranging) system at Dubai International Airport.
Dubai, ranked second busiest airport in terms of international passengers, has three terminals with the recently inaugurated Concourse A, the world’s first A380 dedicated terminal, and operates two runways. The passenger traffic in 2012 surpassed the 57 million mark, up 13 per cent from 2011.
The newly-installed lidar system will help collect turbulence data arising from approaching and departing aircraft.
A leading airport systems integrator, Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies said the companies are currently installing the second and third lidar systems.
With the rise in air travel demand, Dubai International Airport must accommodate the increase in traffic from Emirates Airlines and other airlines using Dubai as their final destination or preferred hub in the region.
As part of Dubai airport’s ambitious plans to have a dual arrival stream on both runways, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has procured Lockheed Martin’s sophisticated WindTracer lidar.
DAEP is spearheading the lidar project as part of continued efforts to lead the region’s aviation industry with superior technologies and solutions. They achieved a recent milestone in Dubai’s aviation history with the inauguration of Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A, the world’s first dedicated terminal for Emirates Airlines’ Airbus A380 fleet.
Commenting on the deployment, Alan Bourjeily, the GM for Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, said supporting the aviation industry in the Middle East with advanced technologies provides the company a great opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading manufacturers.
"The initial implementation of Lockheed Martin’s lidar system will help Dubai airport meet its future demands in passenger capacity while maintaining the highest safety standards. We are proud to be a part of this prestigious project initiated by DAEP," he noted.
Dr Michael Margulis, the director of WindTracer Programs at Lockheed Martin, pointed out that it was the lidarsensor of choice for airports keen on maintaining safety while improving efficiency.
"With our systems now in place throughout major airports around the world, including in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Frankfurt, Munich, and Bangkok, we are pleased to be working with Bayanat to install our system for the first time in the Middle East to support ongoing aviation developments in the Emirates," he noted.
"We are proud to be DAEP’s choice in ensuring continued flight safety and improved efficiency at Dubai International Airport," he stated.-TradeArabia News Service