Banyan To Test New Ground-Safety Technology

 - November 12, 2012, 1:30 PM

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based FBO Banyan Air Service will be the launch customer for a new ground accident avoidance system. RampTrack by Wingspan Systems is supposed to help prevent ramp and hangar accidents by tracking aircraft on the ground and warning operators if they are at risk of striking a building, another aircraft, vehicle or person.

Using redundant sensors, intelligent software, visual and aural alarms, the system reduces the chance of hangar rash due to contact with toolboxes or ground tugs while relocating or taxiing aircraft.

Wingspan Systems says the affordable system, which uses intelligent video input to identify aircraft and other potential threats, can save money by reducing the number of employees required to reposition aircraft safely. The system begins engineering field-testing at Banyan this month.