SOCET SET ClearFlite Module Wins Top Industry Award!
On February 14, 2006, ClearFlite®, a module developed by BAE Systems for SOCET SET®, won the prestigious 2006 ATC Maastricht Industry Award, which recognizes excellence in air traffic safety. ClearFlite was nominated for the award by David Rider of Jane’s, who saw a ClearFlite demo, given by Curt Lima, at the ACI show in Auckland, New Zealand last year. The ACI event attracted airport executives and aviation business partners from 58 countries around the world. Each year six awards are given out at ATC Maastricht. The winners are selected by a panel of judges from 20 to 30 submissions. All nominations are listed in Jane’s Airport Review. The awards are designed to recognize contributions to air traffic management safety and capacity.
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What is ClearFlite?
ClearFlite is a digital mapping tool developed for the aviation industry to help users identify airfield and runway obstructions; export data to third-party geographic information system (GIS) and 3D visualization applications; automatically generate models for single and multiple runways; and view 3D stereo images of runways and airfields. Analysts use ClearFlite to collect dynamic features such as buildings, hangars, vegetation growth, and the towers and antennae that accompany today’s explosion in cell phone growth. Such information is used to generate complex FAA, ANA, RBAI and PANS-OPS surface models automatically. Paper maps and charts are being phased out in favor of more precise, digital readouts that can be updated easily and shared via cockpit displays, laptops and personal digital assistants. In addition, using ClearFlite saves fuel costs and time. The obstruction surfaces of more than 800 airports around the world have been collected accurately using ClearFlite.
On April 3, 1996 U.S Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 30 other passengers and crew were killed when their aircraft hit the side of a mountain in Croatia. In addition to gross pilot error and mediocre navigational equipment, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Air Force determined that the aeronautical charts and cartographic data in and around the airfield were outdated or did not exist. On behalf of aviation safety, the U.S. Congress funded the Ron Brown Airfield Initiative (RBAI), and BAE SYSTEMS developed ClearFlite in response to this effort.
The goal of the RBAI is to produce the safest possible Terminal Procedures, or “TERPS”, for some of the world’s busiest airports. TERPS contain detailed information about airfields, runways and vertical obstructions. The RBAI consists of all military and civilian airports where U.S. Department of Defense passenger aircraft are anticipated to land three or more times per year. This includes over 2,000 airfields all over the world. NGA was tasked to develop a database of these airfields containing the airfield survey data, airfield features, vertical obstructions and airfield elevation models. Agencies worldwide share this concern for airfield safety as well, and are actively working to improve transportation infrastructure and to update airfield data and procedures.
More on ClearFlite: http://www.socetgxp.com/products/modules/module_clearflite.htm, or contact Curt Lima, ClearFlite Product Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303 220 0265.