Extending the frontiers of aviation

AST's SafeScan™ is the world's leading real-time braking action and surface condition reporting system for aviation, working with all aircraft types and all airport surfaces.
SafeScan™ for airlines and airports

Unparalleled insight into runway conditions

AST’s SafeScan™ Surface Management System is the world’s first service using real-time data from both landing aircraft sensors and vehicle-mounted mobile sensors. AST is driving better surface management for improved landing safety, more efficient airport operations, higher runway uptime, and more reliable flight schedules for passengers – regardless of where your airport is, or what aircraft type your airline is flying.

We give pilots visibility into actual runway conditions

Ask pilots about the challenges they face when landing, and they'll mention the lack of hard data in the cockpit about the runway surfaces they approach every day. Sure, a runway may be wet – but exactly how wet? And how does that contamination affect braking? AST provides today's pilots with objective information about exact surface conditions and the braking action they should expect to see based on empirical data from the planes that just landed. This insight has enormous implications in how pilots land their planes, and how airlines manage safety risk in changing conditions.
Airline benefits

Airport operations love us too

Ask airport personnel about managing runway availability, and they'll tell you about the challenges of scheduling plows, brooms, blowers, and chemicals at the exact right times. When and on which runways are they best scheduled? If crews are visually assessing surfaces for contaminant type, depth and coverage, inefficiencies will abound. AST provides airports with accurate contamination measurements and automatically calculates the RwyCC for each runway third. So runways can be managed with precision.
Airport benefits

How we do it

AST’s SafeScan™ leverages two types of sensors to objectively measure, report, and manage surface conditions:

Aircraft-based sensors are used to measure braking action (deceleration) on landings, augmenting subjective pilot assessments (PIREPS) with hard scientific data.

Vehicle-based sensors are used to measure surface contamination, replacing manual (visual) assessments of surface conditions with precise,  objective measurements of contaminant type, depth, and coverage.

Our methodology

Instant reports

We instantly package the data in reports, and share them with airport and airline operators as well as other interested parties such as ATOs, FAA, and CAAs.

It all adds up to better aviation, with safer landings, maximum runway usability, more reliable flight schedules, and a better customer experience for the millions who are counting on safe, reliable transportation.

Discover the solution

We turn live data into transformational insight

No more guesswork. Now you get real-time insight into actual surface conditions and braking action from landing aircraft.
Insight that transforms!

Improved safety. Smoother operations. Happier passengers.

It's no wonder dozens of airports and airlines across the U.S. are putting AST to work on surface management.
5 ways we improve aviation

Amelia would have loved our runways

Aviation pioneers like Amelia Earhart faced daunting challenges. One was being able to understand, in advance, the condition of their landing surfaces – an impossible task back then. Thanks to AST, today's pilots have a whole new level of insight into surface contaminants and how they impact friction and braking.
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News and events from AST

South Bend International Airport

South Bend International Airport Signs on to AST Service

Calendar iconJanuary 14, 2019

AST is proud to announce that South Bend International Airport, Indiana, USA, has recently signed on to use AST’s SafeScan™ sensors to support their winter Snow and Ice Plan. Read More...

Friction Forecaster

AST Developing Runway Friction Model

Calendar iconMay 4, 2018

AST's Runway Friction Forecast is a state-of-the-art forecasting model for available runway friction for landing aircraft. Read More...

FAA News

FAA Establishes Standards Committee on Emerging Technologies

Calendar iconMarch 3, 2018

Today, AST’s subject matter experts are actively helping to develop new standards for landing friction reporting and mobile sensors of airport surface contamination. Read More...