Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems have news concerning several contracts recently including contracts in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Glasgow International, Kualar Lumpar, China and Southampton airport in the UK. This follows the company picking up the 'most significant contribution by an equipment supplier' award at ATC Global last month for their world's first GPS ground-based augmentation landing system for commercial operations at Brønnøysund Airport in Norway.
Baku, Azerbaijan Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has signed a contract for the delivery of a PAE T6 multimode digital radio system to Azeraeronavigatsiya in Baku, Azerbaijan. Delivery will be within the next 12 weeks. Budapest, Hungary Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has signed a contract for the delivery of a VHF PAE T6R multi-mode digital radio system to HungaroControl in Budapest, Hungary. Delivery will be within the next 12 weeks. Glasgow, UK Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems' has provided NATS with a new NOVA approach system for Glasgow International Airport. The system has passed its Site Acceptance Test (SAT) and is due to become operational in May 2008. More details of the Glasgow system will follow in a subsequent issue of Air Ways including details of new processing techniques. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has passed the SAT at Kula Lumpur Airport in Malaysia for an Integrated Tower System including ASGMCS and Approach. The equipment provided includes controller working positions, TECAMS and recording playback system as well as many interfaces with airports systems for better and efficient operability. The installation was prompted by a need to replace equipment a decade old, expand with MLAT capabilities and accommodate more operator working positions due to airport expansion, including a new terminal building. China Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has passed the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) to supply Air Traffic Management Bureau with 61 PAE T6TR multimode digital radios, 39 PAE T6C controllers, 11 E1-RICS and training courses for two sites in north-eastern China. With a fast supply time required due to the Olympics in June, goods will be dispatched at the end of April. Southampton, UK Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems will be installing an upgrade of the current NOVA 9000 approach system at Southampton International Airport this summer. The airport was one of the first in the UK to install a NOVA 9000 approach system in the early 90s. As of 2005, NATS were responsible for the ATC engineering of Southampton International Airport and as such indentified the upgrade requirement. The upgrade will include two approach positions, one technical position, NOVA 9000 Recording Playback System, PSR video displaying of raw and MTI video channels, the Short Term Conflict Alert (STCA) and Minimum Safe Altitude Warning (MSAW) safety net functions. Southampton International Airport will also benefit from an Air Traffic Monitor, and System Support Program (SSP). ATC Global Industry Award - NORMARC SLS Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems has received an air space management industry award in the eighth annual Jane's ATC Global Awards 2008, announced at the ATC Global exhibition and conference in Amsterdam. The Industry category, for the most significant contribution by an equipment supplier, was awarded to Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in recognition of its achievement in completing the world's first GPS ground-based augmentation landing system for commercial operations at Brønnøysund Airport in Norway. This award recognizes how this important technology development will help improve safety, particularly at the smaller regional airports in Norway, said Cato Engebretsen, director of navigation systems at Park Air Systems in Norway. The SCAT-1 project replaces demanding step-down approaches with safer instrument landing precision approaches. Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems developed and installed the ground-based elements of the global navigation satellite system for precision approach and landing. The inaugural flight using the new landing system was an Avinor charter service from Trondheim to Brønnøysund in a Widerøe Dash 8 aircraft, which took place in October 2007. Park Air Systems provided the ground station system under contract awarded by Norwegian air navigation service provider, Avinor. The NORMARC 8005 SCAT-1 ground station receives and validates GPS signals and then transmits the calculated signal corrections and flight path data via a VHF data link. SCAT-1 avionics use the received signal to improve position accuracy and signal integrity along a defined flight path. One ground station can serve several approaches for both ends of the runway, creating a cost-effective solution. The ground station at Brønnøysund Airport, located 500 miles north of Oslo on the Helgeland coast, was operationally certified in April 2007. Brønnøysund is the first airport in the world to use satellite-based landing guidance for passenger flights. PHOTO-CAPTION: Cato Engebretsen, director of navigation systems Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in Norway, receives the ATC Global 2008 award for industry from Sean Howe, group publishing director for Jane's Information Group.