Washington Dulles Gets New Ground Monitoring System

Washington Dulles outside the nation's capital is the latest airport to use satellite technology to improve ground safety beyond the limits of radar, FAA announced Monday. Air traffic controllers began using the new Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X system on April 1 to see a more complete picture of activity on the ground. Dulles became the 12th airport with ASDE-X.

"ASDE-X is light years ahead of the old system," said Dulles Tower Assistant Air Traffic Manager Charlotte Happle. "The accuracy is very good, and it helps us with our ground movements, especially during times when visibility is low." Radar can return false targets on the ground and is less reliable in bad weather. By incorporating radar data with signals from aircraft and vehicle transponders, ground sensors, and satellite technology, ASDE-X overcomes those problems.

The new system is also designed to work with future components of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which FAA describes as "a long-term process to improve safety, efficiency, and capacity in U.S. aviation."

Sensis Corporation is providing ASDE-X technology for 35 airports. with FAA estimating it will cost $806 million to procure, deploy, and operate ASDE-X during a 30-year life cycle. Airports previously equipped with it include Chicago O'Hare, Atlanta, and Orlando, with Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport scheduled to operate its ASDE-X this June, followed by New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in August.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2022

    May 2022

    Featuring:

    • WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
      How Wearable Technology is Transforming Safety and the Industrial Workplace
    • TRAINING: CONFINED SPACES
      Five Tips to Improve Safety in Confined Spaces
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Monitor for Asbestos to Help Save Lives
    • PPE: FALL PROTECTION
      Fall Protection Can Be Surprising
    View This Issue