Airservices displays latest technology at Avalon Airshow

27 Feb 2013

The latest technology to be rolled out by Airservices to air traffic control towers around the country will be on display at this year’s Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

The suite of tower technology will combine flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single integrated, tower specific layout.

Airservices Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Jason Harfield said, “It will provide tower controllers with up to four customisable touch screens displaying electronic flight strips, operational information, weather, terminal area and, where available, surface surveillance (radar) data.

“Our new towers in Melbourne, Adelaide, Rockhampton and Broome are receiving the equipment,” he said.

Visitors to Airservices stand in Exhibition Hall 1 will also be able to try their hand at air traffic control in a partial tower simulator.

The simulator is used by Airservices to train air traffic controllers at its dedicated Learning Academy in Melbourne.

One of Australia’s largest fire fighting vehicles, an ultra-large Mk8 Rosenbauer ‘Panther’, will also be on display in the outdoor area.

The aviation fire fighting vehicle, valued at more than $1million, is capable of projecting water or foam over 85 metres and can discharge 80 litres a second.

It is one of Airservices specialised vehicles that enables aviation fire fighters at 21 airports around Australia to respond to any incident on an aerodrome within three minutes.

The Australian International Airshow began on Tuesday 26 February with a range of trade displays showcasing the latest technology and products to industry and government. Gates are open to the public from 2pm on Friday 1 March.

Airservices is a major sponsor of the Australian International Airshow, providing air traffic control and aviation rescue and fire fighting services to ensure all visiting aircraft and those participating in the flying displays are safe at all times.