First web-based airport radar display worldwide

This August, Hamburg Airport became the first airport worldwide to operate the new web-based, cloud-enabled radar display PHOENIX WebInnovation from DFS Aviation Services.

The tool for radar and flight plan information is being used in the vehicles of the airport’s apron management service as a mobile solution. Drivers can track all flight movements in real time and plan their routes accordingly.

The PHOENIX System has been used successfully by Hamburg Airport in the apron management service and the traffic management centre for years. Now, a web-based air situation display has been developed as an add-on to the existing system for the vehicles of the apron management service. The system was successfully tested in the early summer months and has now been put into operation for the first time.

PHOENIX WebInnovation is based on the high-performing tracker technology of the PHOENIX system, which was developed in-house by DFS. It offers the accustomed high level of quality demanded by the air traffic control setting for the provision of flight track data. The system can be used to display an air and ground situation. The web-based tool simply requires a modern browser and is completely independent of the hardware in use. It is simple and easy for users to operate, both day and night, providing marshaller with an overview of the current air situation. The airport benefits from improved operational processes and a more exact planning of the vehicles.

“We are happy to have found an innovative, flexible and mobile radar display in PHOENIX WebInnovation and to be the first airport in Germany that uses the system. Its intuitive operation means our vehicle drivers can quickly overview the current air situation,” explains Christian Schultz, Manager Operational Services at Hamburg Airport.

PHOENIX WebInnovation will soon be in operation in the control tower of Adolf Würth Airport, near Schwäbisch Hall in the southwest of Germany. DFS Aviation Services is the front runner across Europe in this market segment with its combination of web technology and air navigation services applications.

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DFS Aviation Services GmbH is a subsidiary of DFS, the German air navigation service provider (ANSP). It employs more than 350 members of staff worldwide. DFS Aviation Services is a certified ANSP and provides air traffic services at nine regional airports in Germany. Through its UK subsidiary, Air Navigation Solutions, it is also responsible for the provision of air traffic control at Edinburgh and London Gatwick. Gatwick is the UK’s second busiest airport and one of the most frequented single runway airports worldwide. DFS Aviation Services also markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services. Its customers include air navigation services organisations, airport operators, airlines and aeronautical authorities from around the world.

Hamburg Airport has more than 17 million passengers annually, making it the fifth largest airport in Germany. Passengers can choose from an extensive route network: 130 national and international destinations are offered by approximately 60 airlines. With the regions of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and parts of Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Denmark, Hamburg Airport has a large catchment area, and its passenger potential makes it interesting for all airlines. Approximately 15,000 employees work for nearly 250 companies on the airport premises (around 2,000 at the airport alone). The shareholders of the partially-privatized airport are the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg with 51 percent and AviAlliance GmbH with 49 percent.

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