Norwegian firm lands contracts for airports

Local partner DPS will join PAS in implementation

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By  Published  September 15, 2006

Dubai Civil Aviation has awarded Norway’s Park Air Systems (PAS) contracts to install six instrument landing systems at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central (DWC) airport in Jebel Ali.

The systems allow a pilot to position an aircraft in the best position for landing by providing information on the correct pitch, speed and distance to the runway.

They also enable aircraft to land in what could potentially be hazardous conditions such as fog and mist, which might otherwise cause traffic to be diverted to another airport.

PAS will implement the systems along with its local partner, Data Processing Systems (DPS). The projects should all be completed by early next year.

“We were pleased to note DPS and PAS’ experience having provided and implemented previous projects at Dubai International Airport and having similar support systems to other international airports in the region and this was essential to our understanding and trust in the company to deliver,” said Khalifa Al-Zaffin, director of Engineering and Projects at Dubai Civil Aviation, in a statement.

DPS completed the installation and testing of two systems on Dubai International Airport’s north runway in August, replacing another vendor’s systems that DPS said were not working successfully.

The implementation partner will also equip the airport’s south runway and a runway at the under-construction DWC airport with two systems each.

The south runway implementation is due for completion in six months and the DWC project in ten months.

Alan Bourjeily, manager of the aviation engineering division of DPS, told IT Weekly that the major benefit of installing the landing systems at both ends of a runway was that it allowed an airport to land planes from both directions.

“At Dubai they have the ability to land from whichever direction they like, which saves time and increases flexibility,” Bourjeily commented.

He said such an implementation costs around US$2.7million and, from the date of approval, it normally takes around four or five months for manufacturing followed by a maximum of two months for installation.

The installation includes the setting up of a remote monitoring station for the ILS — which lies in the runway, shelters to house all the electronic equipment to feed the ILS with power and data and a period of calibration and testing.

“After we install the ILS there is something called flight calibration testing. There is a special aircraft that comes and drives over the runway to calibrate the ILS,” Bourjeily said.

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