AST’s SafeLand software is the first-ever technology designed to leverage the availability of real time data to monitor and measure aircraft systems such as speed brakes, spoilers, flaps and hydraulic and mechanical braking systems and many physical parameters such as speed, deceleration, temperature, pressure and wind in order to accurately report true aircraft runway surface characteristics, true braking friction, cornering friction and tire and brake wear. This information has significant value to pilots, airline cargo and flight operations centers, airports and air traffic control centers.
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1. The SafeLand runway condition reporting system provides real-time surface friction information by using data from landing aircraft. This reporting system enables airports and carriers to improve both safety and efficiency in operations.
Runway conditions can be viewed a number of ways in a secure environment, by different users, with selected access per user. Information is available by user preference, and can be displayed in graphical or tabular form.
2. Navigation of user views and selection of report metrics can be set in User Preferences, or can be selected easily through interactive options.
For viewing the US airports condition reports, options exist for viewing by FAA region. Runway conditions are reported in terms of Good, Medium, Poor, and Nil, and are color coded for quick and easy interpretation by users. This information is available in both graphical (shown here) and tabular formats.
3. Tabular overviews of airport conditions are also available.
This view allows users to quickly assess conditions and trends by airport.
4. Users have the ability to customize their view of real-time landings, and can select airports of primary interest - high traffic airports, feeder airports, diversion airports, etc, depending upon their situational awareness and decision making needs.
This is a tabular view of runway condition reports. Additional information about the specific airport, runway or landing can be found by clicking on the "View" link. All reports are de-identified, and provide information on total available friction on the runway - not airplane braking action. Note: This screen reflects an experimental reporting mode. Live reports will not include Mu values, rather they will report color coded condition codes such as Good, Medium, etc, or can be set to report in TALPA ARC 0-6 format.
5. Airport and runway specific views are available in both graphical and tabular form.
Graphical views of the airport allow airport operations personnel to get an immediate, easy perspective on the condition of active runways. Active runway graphics are linked to tabular data for that runway.
6. Specific runway data is reported in multiple formats for users.
Historical data is tracked for each airport runway. Important runway trending data can be viewed by runway. Note: This screen reflects an experimental reporting mode. Live reports will not include Mu values, rather they will report color coded condition codes such as Good, Medium, etc, or can be set to report in TALPA ARC 0-6 format.
7. Trending runway conditions allows airport operations, ATC, carrier dispatch and carrier SOC the ability to manage traffic safely and more efficiently.
Airport operators can easily see conditions deteriorating, and can proactively maintain runway surfaces via this real-time data. Operators do not have to shut down a runway to test surfaces for friction, rather the landing aircraft become the friction reporting "device". Proactive maintenance can lead to safer operating conditions, improved flow control, shorter runway downtime, and better schedule reliability.
8. SafeLand is functional globally, providing real-time runway condition reporting anywhere a connected aircraft lands.
SafeLand's ground intelligence has particular value for international operations, due to its ability to help plan slotting, avoid diversions and related costly intangibles.
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