Aveillant’s Engineering Director and EUROCAE WG Chairman, Tim Quilter features in this months IHS Jane’s report on the future of primary radar surveillance.

Primary surveillance, traditionally provided by rotating radars, is embracing new sensor technology and taking advantage of advanced processing capability. New developments such as multilateration, continuous and phased array, multi/bi-static, mono-static, holographic and passive sensors promise higher performance and use less bandwidth than conventional systems. This last point holds special interest for countries looking to free up spectrum capacity for broadband use.

Civil air traffic control is also placing new requirements on primary surveillance. As remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) start to operate in controlled airspace – anticipated from 2020 in Europe – air navigation service providers are looking at how they can detect targets that may be less than 0.5 m diameter. Along with detecting airspace infringements and aircraft transponder failure, operators are looking to primary surveillance to deliver higher detection probability, and more precise target location.

The first commercial installation of the Theia Holographic Radar, designed and developed by Aveillant, was deployed at East Midlands Airport in March 2015. Flight trials were completed in October, along with the pre-approval audit by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The airport and project partners have submitted all four parts of the Safety Case, and they await final approval for Part 4.

Once approved, the radar will be the first to provide mitigation of a wind farm without blanking or ‘in-filling’ but actually tracking the aircraft through the wind farm by characterising the turbines and filtering them out.

Read the article in full here: http://www.ihsairport360.com/article/7426/new-demands-drive-primary-surveillance