Aviation
0 view | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by wboyce from Digital-News on Scoop.it today
Scoop.it!

Drone Flies Dangerously Close to Canadian Airport

Drone Flies Dangerously Close to Canadian Airport | Aviation | Scoop.it
An unidentified drone flew dangerously close to airplanes at the Vancouver airport in Canada, according to local authorities.

Via Thomas Faltin
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by wboyce from Digital-News on Scoop.it today
Scoop.it!

'Invisible' airplanes: Chinese, US race for cloaking tech - Fox News

'Invisible' airplanes: Chinese, US race for cloaking tech - Fox News | Aviation | Scoop.it
'Invisible' airplanes: Chinese, US race for cloaking tech Fox News News reports from China last week touted the country's work on a “cloaking” technology that uses a hexagonal array of glass-like panels to bend light around an object, obscuring it...

Via Thomas Faltin
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by wboyce from Surfing the Broadband Bit Stream
Scoop.it!

WV: Technology helps airport in virtually every way | The Register-Herald.com

WV: Technology helps airport in virtually every way | The Register-Herald.com | Aviation | Scoop.it

When nearly a dozen corporate planes filled the asphalt apron at the Raleigh County, WV Memorial Airport a few weeks ago, emotions were evoked in airport manager Tom Cochran similar to that of a kid in a candy shop.

“We’ve never had that many airplanes here on the ground at the same time,” said Cochran.

To Cochran, that growth is a positive sign for Raleigh County, but also further enforces his recent endeavor to see a “virtual tower” realized at the airport.

“The airport, as we sit now, is the only commercially served airport in the state that does not have a control tower,” said Cochran.

The reason for that, Cochran said, is that a benefit-cost analysis conducted by an engineering consultant in 2010 deemed that the airport did not have enough activity to merit having a tower.

Typically, airports with 30,000 to 40,000 activities per year are deemed qualified for the implementation of a tower, while the Raleigh County Memorial Airport sees between 20,000 to 25,000 activities, Cochran said.

Upon the news that Raleigh County Memorial Airport was not qualified for a tower, Cochran began researching the possibility of implementing virtual tower technology. Developed by Quadrex Aviation in Melbourne, Fla., the technology would greatly enhance the airport’s service and promote increased traffic into what is now an “uncontrolled field.”

While Cochran emphasized that the airport is not necessarily in an unsafe position now, as the runways are closely monitored and planes communicate with Charleston, WV’s air traffic control, the only information the Raleigh County Memorial Airport can communicate with planes is wind speed and direction.

“Charleston gives (planes) clearance to come in to Beckley,” said Cochran. “However, when they give that clearance, the Charleston radar can only see them down to 5,000 feet, so from 5,000 feet to the ground, nobody can see them.”

Cochran said that the virtual tower technology, which is essentially pre-existing technology that would be utilized for airport use, would provide the airport with radar to alert planes flying beneath 5,000 feet if another plane was flying in its airspace.

“This would be an unmanned tower,” said Cochran. “The virtual tower technology would alert the pilot to avert or divert his present position.”

Also, in the instance that something would obstruct the runway, such as debris or an animal, the virtual tower would send a signal to the plane on its approach.

 

Click headline to read more--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
more...
No comment yet.