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Passur Makes New Data Tools Available To Business Aviation

 - October 11, 2011, 6:45 AM
Passur Aerospace’s Corporate Portal allows a corporate flight operator and an FBO to coordinate aircraft movements on this shared situational awareness display. FBOs can track aircraft locations, fuel lifts and more.

Flight data provider Passur Aerospace (Booth No. N2214) has expanded its network of secondary surveillance radars as well the databases and analytical software tools it makes available to customers, including corporate flight departments, FBOs, airlines and airports. Its recently launched Passur integrated traffic management (PITM) platform, a suite of software tools for airlines and airports, is being rolled out to corporate aviation.

A web-based decision support aid, PITM for airlines and airports is a single interface and platform with solutions addressing “disruption events” in the lifecycle of a flight, such as ATC ground delays, departure queues and diversions.

“We’re doing exactly the same for the corporate market,” said Ron Dunsky, Passur Aerospace senior v-p of marketing and communications. “We’re taking all the different modules and pulling them together into a single platform that’s going to look and function a lot like the integrated traffic management platform we developed for the airline and airport group. But in this case it’s focused on corporate aviation, primarily corporate flight operators and FBOs.”

Traffic management tools give corporate operators “an unusually strong ability to be more proactive on how they manage their flights in relation to what’s going on in the airspace,” Dunsky said. “Corporate operators typically rely heavily on the NBAA Help Desk. This [Passur platform] puts a set of robust tools in their hands that typically airline/ATC guys have from us. Now they have access to it.”

The corporate aviation management suite includes software tools for customer service, relationship management and analysis of flight activity and fuel usage at home and at nearby airfields. A corporate flight operator and FBO can coordinate aircraft movements on a shared situational awareness display called the Corporate Portal. The tool also allows FBOs “to track who’s going where and what their fuel uplift potential is, so they can develop marketing and pricing plans for the operators they want to target,” Dunsky explained.

Passur, based in Stamford, Conn., operates what it contends is the world’s largest private surveillance network, consisting of 155 passive “radar” sites in North America, Europe and Asia, which can detect transponder signals from overflying aircraft. Newer sites are capable of receiving automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) OUT signals. Surveillance data acquired by the network and other data streams are integrated in databases, and Passur software uses this data to predict operational outcomes and generate recommendations. Information is translated into operational and business metrics and presented in a “dashboard” format so users can view operations data and use that to make decisions.

Passur has added data feeds from FAA’s airport surface detection equipment, model X (ASDE-X) system. ASDE-X, deployed at 35 major U.S. airports, fuses information from surface movement radar, transponder multilateration sensors and ADS-B OUT to display aircraft ground position on ATC tower displays. Passur integrated ASDE-X on a pilot basis for a year and now is offering it as a separate surface management application. “We’re moving aggressively into surface management and surveillance,” Dunsky said. “We marry that with our traditional airborne coverage, and now you have a gate-to-gate, air-to-ground coverage that covers the entire flight.”

In June, Passur announced a teaming agreement with air traffic management engineering firm Mosaic ATM, Leesburg, Va. The company will add products and services for departure metering, networked surface management and integrated traffic management using Mosaic’s advanced surface management technology. Mosaic technology also will be integrated into the PITM platform. Dunsky said Passur’s departure metering program at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York represents an early form of the capability that will be offered, “but we’re now taking it to a much higher level of automation.” Departure metering provides for efficient sequencing of departing flights during bad weather, construction projects or peak operating times when demand exceeds airport capacity.

Passur serves dozens of airlines, more than 50 airports, some 200 corporate aviation customers and U.S. government agencies including the FAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In June  the company won a one-year, $2.9 million contract extension with the FAA and TSA for aviation security applications. Passur also recently added aircraft manufacturers to its client list. Airframers see value in tracking flying patterns and fuel use, Dunsky said. He declined to name names, however, but admitted, “We do work with a couple of large aircraft manufacturers.”