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Brisbane Dramatically Improves Air-Traffic Safety

Posted: Mar. 6th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Brisbane Airport

The deployment of a brand new, state of the art surface movement and ground control system in Brisbane Airport has not gone unnoticed with the newly upgraded airport receiving an A-SMGCS safety boost. The new system will not only impact airport safety, but is also praised for improving efficiency and potentially reducing the impact of bad weather and night operations.

Air traffic controllers at Brisbane Airport will now be able to see and identify every aircraft across all runways and taxiways following the commissioning of an advanced surface movement and ground control system by Airservices.


The system provides automatic identification of all suitably equipped vehicles and aircraft at Brisbane Airport for the first time.


Airservices Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Jason Harfield, said the $35m Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) project would provide an electronic picture of what is happening on the ground at any time through the collection of surveillance data from multiple sources.


“This will lead to improved airport safety and reliability by providing air traffic controllers with an enhanced picture of all movements on runways and taxiway areas.”


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