SafeScan™ Surface Management System

Improving safety and efficiency in aviation

The power of insight

Imagine it. A pilot is on an approach to a runway on a snowy February day. It’s a mild snowstorm but contamination is accumulating on the runway. How much? What is its impact on the pilot’s ability to brake and safely stop on the runway? How should the pilot prepare?

Traditionally, the incoming pilot is given a PIREP from the previous landing aircraft after it’s transmitted to the tower.  “Braking is medium at touchdown, poor at turnoff.” These are the best pilots in the world, specialists at the top of their craft. So this advance perspective is helpful. Unfortunately, however, these pilots are not provided with standardized training to help make those assessments. One pilot’s subjective PIREP may differ from another’s.

What pilots really want is objective information about the deceleration and braking action experienced by previous pilots; exactly where the runways, turn-offs, and taxiways are most troublesome; and how to execute the perfect landing when the pilot is motivated to stop quickly on snow, ice, rainwater, oil, or other potential hazards.

The answer is SafeScan™

AST's SafeScan™ Surface Management System delivers real-time data about runway conditions, deceleration, and braking action. This data is gathered by two sensor types – aircraft-based and vehicle-based – and presented in easy-to-use reports. These reports are made instantly available to the pilots approaching today's runways as well as airport operations, airline management, and the FAA.
Insight for both airlines and airports

Insight into 13M+ landings

AST is currently reporting on 6,000+ landings a day by more than 1,600 jet transport aircraft across the globe. The number of aircraft reporting into our system is steadily increasing. Our database contains 13 million+ recorded landings, with insight into landing and braking trends that were previously incalculable.
Inside our methodology

90-minute forecasts for your runways

AST's new Friction Forecaster™ is a state-of-the-art forecasting model that can reliably predict runway conditions and available friction for landing aircraft. Leveraging this insight, you can optimize the planning, timing, and use of your maintenance crews and resources, such as when to plow and when to use chemical treatments. The goal is to continuously maximize runway availability and airport operations in the face of shifting weather patterns.
Get ahead of changing conditions

A win-win for airports and airlines

 

Airports

Airside and Landside – both teams are seeing improvements in how surfaces are managed to serve the needs of the airport.

I'm an airport

Airlines

From Flight Operations to the Chief of Safety, everyone agrees. Pilots should have more information, faster.

I'm an airline

This U.S. airport has changed the game

You're looking at a SafeScan report illuminating the surface conditions at a major U.S. midwest airport. Contaminant type, depth, and coverage are accurately measured and reported. We also include air temp and surface temp. Color-coding clearly indicates which surfaces are in better shape than others. Everything is in compliance with FAA TALPA requirements that determine Runway Condition Codes (RwyCC).
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Experts agree on the value of AST

Quote Start"Landing overrun accidents in slippery conditions continue to occur.  A significant contributing factor is the lack of timely, accurate information on runway friction conditions in adverse weather conditions for pilots of landing airplanes to assess landing distance safety margins."Quote End

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