The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has entered into an agreement with ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) to upgrade its noise and flight tracking systems with Symphony® EnvironmentalVue Virtual Noise Monitors (VNMs) and a real-time NextGen data feed. These Exelis products leverage comprehensive noise and surveillance data to help airports track and address aircraft noise levels in the surrounding communities more effectively.
VNMs allow airport operators to use the same prediction model used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to calculate aircraft noise over residential areas. They have been added to GOAA’s existing Exelis AirScene.com Noise and Operations Monitoring System (NOMS) solution.
Unlike physical noise monitors that capture all sources of noise, including ground traffic, a VNM calculates aircraft-only noise values. The system is helping GOAA to develop procedures to mitigate community noise within safety and operational requirements in the vicinity of Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports. GOAA is responsible for the operation of both airports.
The NextGen data feed is replacing the single terminal radar feed at GOAA. The feed fuses multiple existing FAA surveillance sources with data derived from the U.S. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) network being deployed by Exelis. The FAA’s surveillance sources include terminal and en route radar, Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X, (ASDE-X) and wide-area multi-lateration. The NextGen surveillance feed produces geo-referenced flight tracks with higher update rates and fidelity than a single conventional radar.“These enhancements to our Noise and Operations Monitoring System affirm our commitment to being a good neighbor to the community,” said Cyrus T. Callum, GOAA’s assistant director of operations. “We will use this tracking data to further enhance our noise abatement procedures for the benefit of the communities that surround our airport system, while promoting the economic benefits of air commerce and tourism to the Orlando area.”