Vaisala launches runway monitor

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Vaisala has launched the Mobile GRF/TALPA Reporter to monitor airport runway conditions in accordance with new ICAO GRF requirements.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) GRF requirements, starting in November 2020, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) aim to reduce the risk of runway overruns by determining conditions.

The product uses the Vaisala Mobile Detector MD30 sensor mounted to a vehicle to assess the runway surface state and contaminants.

Vaisala’s RoadAI technology processes the MD30 data, with new functionality converting it into the ICAO GRF-required text-based format. The message is sent from the RoadAI application to decision makers.

ICAO GRF regulations require condition and contaminants for each third of the runway, and also aim to improve efficiency of airport operations.

Kari Luukkonen, offering manager of Vaisala, said, “By minimizing the amount of time inspectors have to spend on runways making manual surface assessments, our affordable and reliable new system improves airport capacity and helps to maintain normal operations, which minimizes impacts to aviation traffic flow.

“Our Reporter puts accurate data to efficient use and ultimately improves assessments so that pilots and airport personnel can trust the reporting under all conditions.”

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