Collision-warning radar on course
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jul 03, 2000
The Federal Aviation Administration will purchase a ground radar system
in September that will alert controllers to impending collisions on or near
runways at 25 airports, the agency announced last week.
Airport Surface Detection Equipment-X (ASDE-X) will be designed for
25 airports that are not among the country's busiest or most complex, the
FAA said. ASDE-X will provide data similar to the ASDE-3 ground radar system
that is installed at 34 of the nation's busiest airports.
FAA Administrator Jane Garvey announced the upcoming contract for ASDE-X
at the June 26 opening of the agency's Runway Safety National Summit in
The announcement comes on the heels of a near-collision of a U.S. Airways
shuttle and a corporate turboprop last month at La Guardia Airport in New
The 25 airports that will get ASDE-X were selected through a rigorous
safety risk assessment conducted by the FAA and Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, an FAA statement said. Garvey placed new emphasis on the
runway safety program last fall by elevating it to a higher level, providing
more resources and appointing a director of runway safety.