Whether you control an airport, airstrip, airfield or helipad, you never want an aircraft to touchdown without your ground crew knowing in advance. However, landing area incursion incidents – where an incoming plane or helicopter risks collision with personnel, equipment, service vehicles or wildlife – are nearly a routine occurrence.
Classic examples are helicopter crews approaching the wrong platform in a cluster of oil/gas rigs or a bush pilot/air taxi making an unscheduled airstrip landing. You don’t hear about these incidents much as they’re often swept under the rug by embarrassed pilots or ops staff. However, everyone knows it’s going on.
In one of the only publicly available studies on the issue, the UK Civil Aviation Authority estimated that within its jurisdiction there were likely 180 unreported incidents in a 10-year sample period.
Meanwhile, emergency medical teams face a related issue for their helidecks. They need an effective, reliable and simple solution to continually update them when an expected air ambulance is en route, with live updates of its ETA.
LASAW, a world-first innovation from SkyNet Aviation, is a simple and ingenious system that answers both challenges.
The acronym LASAW stands for “Landing Approach Surveillance And Warning”. A combined hardware-software solution, the system uses a small on-the-ground receiver to pick up all aircraft flight behaviours within range. This data is then fed to an ingenious AI that detects which blips display certain characteristics indicating it’s preparing to land or will stray into restricted airspace. When LASAW finds one of these blips, it triggers the alert protocol you choose.
Powered by an implementation of SkyNet REACH®, LASAW Includes:
LASAW offers the highest level of early warning when planes or helicopters make unexpected approaches to aerodromes and helipads. LASAW is always watching to protect against potential incidents when an aircraft is preparing to land on a runway or helipad that is not clear.
Automatic at every step, LASAW:
As a fully networked system, SkyNet REACH LASAW also provides landing data logging – extremely useful for billing, contract management and operations monitoring, especially at unmanned locations.
LASAW can also be networked for multiple locations, either close-by or on the other side of the globe. This allows central management of all your locations by a single operations department.
SkyNet REACH LASAW is the only long-range monitoring application able to track up to 500 aircraft simultaneously in airspace out to maximum 260nm from the helipad or airport.
Using hardware at the helipad site or airport, the LASAW system monitors the sky continuously 24/7. Fully independent of other systems, it is always ready to deliver alerts.
Electronic outputs from the LASAW hardware can be connected to a range of warning systems, including (but not limited to): strobe lights, sirens and buzzers, bird scarers, automated two-way radio announcements, approach/runway lighting.
Using sophisticated technology, it detects the position of all air traffic in real-time and calculates a vector to project a forward position of every tail. When one enters a landing configuration, the system’s algorithm initiates a response policy based on:
LASAW is in keen demand with hospitals, air ambulances and search-and-rescue (SAR) organisations. When an aircraft has a high-priority patient incoming, the medical teams must be updated on its ETA at a glance – rather than the laborious process of raising the pilot on voice comms.
With its ability to automatically pick out and monitor an individual aircraft among hundreds, a LASAW implementation for a medical facility can be customised to raise custom alerts on long timescales.
For example, an SMS message broadcast can be triggered as soon as the aircraft enters a 250nm radius of the hospital. After that, countdown alerts can be raised as it crosses each preset proximity threshold and, finally, when it commences landing approach. Every extra increment of situational awareness gives doctors and nurses time to prepare for the best patient outcomes.
LASAW hardware comes in two options: LASAW Mobile, ideal for temporary or remote locations; and LASAW Enterprise, ideal for installation in a permanent server facility.
LASAW Mobile is a sealed and self-contained unit for use where a dedicated communications rack is not available. It is often used in unmanned locations or remote sites. Available as a 100% solar-powered installation, LASAW Mobile can even provide back-to-base monitoring (and other limited functionality) without an internet connection.
Optional: Ethernet, 4G and WiFi communications conduits to enable full consul services to operations personnel or autonomous alert outputs.
LASAW Enterprise is designed to be installed within a dedicated comms room or server. Wherever there is a dedicated communications rack space, our LASAW Enterprise’s Dell PowerEdge 1RU Rack Server will slot straight in.
Requiring virtually zero configuration after being installed and connected to the external aerial, LASAW Enterprise offers:
Keeping your equipment, people and landing zones safe.