Airservices commissions Mount Hardgrave primary radar

4 Apr 2013

Airservices, the nation’s air navigation services provider, has commissioned a new radar at Mount Hardgrave on North Stradbroke Island to provide both primary and secondary radar surveillance of aircraft operating around Brisbane Airport.

The upgrade is part of a multi-million dollar modernisation program being carried out by Airservices to ensure the safe and efficient movement of air traffic. 

Airservices Executive General Manager Projects and Engineering, Mark Rodwell said the radar at Mt Hardgrave was formerly only a secondary surveillance radar. 

“The site is now able to provide both primary and secondary surveillance for Brisbane Airport, and will ensure that we continue to provide safe and efficient movement of traffic through airspace around Brisbane Airport.” Mr Rodwell said.

The new permanent radar is housed inside a dome to protect it from weather events that occur around North Stradbroke Island. 

The dome allows the radar to continue functioning in high winds, and will also lengthen the life expectancy of the equipment. 

The commissioning of Mount Hardgrave radar will enable work to commence on modernisation of the existing radar located at Brisbane Airport. 

This will provide a back up to the Mount Hardgrave radar and allow for additional surveillance coverage within the airport terminal area.

The Mount Hardgrave radar was commissioned into operational service last month following stringent flight inspection testing.