Lockheed Martin WindTracer Achieves Major Airport Efficiency Enhancements

  Lockheed Martin WindTracer Achieves Major Airport Efficiency Enhancements

PR Newswire

MADRID, Feb. 12, 2013

MADRID, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) has applied hundreds of thousands of research measurements made by
Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] WindTracer^® Doppler lidar to redefine flight
rules, achieving major efficiency enhancements at U.S. airports.

The FAA granted approval for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to conduct dependent arrival
operations on their closely spaced parallel runway (CSPR) pairs. SFO and EWR
have joined a growing list of airports with CSPR geometries that are
authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a wake turbulence
mitigation procedure for CSPR operation, known as FAA Order JO 7110.308 – Ch3.
The safety assessment is enabled with significant amount of wake measurement
research using WindTracer lidars.

The assessment permits reduced diagonal spacing of 1.5 nautical miles on
adjacent runways relative to the leading large- and small-category aircraft
with runway spacing less than 2500 feet under Instrument Flight Rules. Before
the implementation of 7110.308, planes arriving on two such CSPRs were
required to be spaced as if they were using a single runway, which effectively
closed down one of the parallel runways under instrument conditions. This
procedure at SFO and EWR is expected to reduce delays significantly.

"We are thrilled that the FAA has employed our WindTracer Doppler lidars to
achieve these critical improvements to U.S. air traffic rules," said Dr.
Michael Margulis, director of WindTracer Programs at Lockheed Martin. "These
changes will greatly increase U.S. civil airspace capacity while maintaining
the highest standards of air traffic safety."

The FAA Wake Turbulence Research Program has been using WindTracer systems
since 2001 at multiple airport locations to conduct wake turbulence research
measurements. The databases are carefully mined to provide data-driven
assessment of ongoing and future wake turbulence mitigation concepts. In
addition, wind data collection is also used to develop weather-based wake
mitigation solutions.

The John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, part of the U.S.
Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology
Administration, maintains and operates a fleet of WindTracers for the FAA Wake
Turbulence Research Program and provides data analysis and other resource
supports.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

For more information about WindTracer:
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/windtracer

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dee Valleras, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company; (215) 497-4185;
dee.valleras@lmco.com

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
 
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