Tech Log

Planevision Systems ADS-B Ground Stations at the new Clonburry, Qld, UAV Flight Test Center

15 September 2020

Planevision Systems has delivered redundant ADS-B Ground Stations to QinetiQ Australia, that will be comissioned at the new Queensland UAV Flight Test Range at Clonburry Airport, the first of its kind in Australia. The test center, now open, is at the core of Queenslands UAV strategy. During the foundation phase AU$14.5 million will be invested into the site with a 20-meter by 20-meter hangar, airspace measuring 30 kilometers by 20 kilometers and up to 6000 feet, a 2-kilometer runway, state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, surveillance radar and an air conditioned workshop.


Planevision Systems is supporting ECMWF in obtaining alternate upper-air meteorological data

15 August 2020

ECMWF, the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast, and EUMETNET are supported by Planevision Systems in obtaining upper-air met data like winds and temperature, as the usual data channels from specially equipped aircraft (AMDAR) are dramatically reduced due to COVID-19 related decrease in commercial air traffic. KNMI, the Dutch met organisation, has setup a dedicated data center (EMADDC), that relies on ADS-B receivers delivered by Planevision Systems and deployed by AIR SUPPORT in its worldwide FlightWatch network. A Planevision feeder software processes Mode-S EHS radar replies and transmits metadata from remote locations to EMADDC, where the final data processing takes places. While the update rate and the availability of Mode-S data outperforms AMDAR by far, operator costs are completely avoided, as Mode-S transponders are present in every commercial aircraft. Research efforts are underway at KNMI to further increase the accuracy of the data.


Cambridge Pixel Adds ADS-B Aircraft Data Viewer to its Air Surveillance Product Portfolio

22 January 2020

Cambridge Pixel, our partner for ADS-B tracking display software, has added ASD-View to its air surveillance product portfolio to meet the growing demand for the visualisation of ADS-B aircraft data in maritime and surveillance applications. ASD-View is a PC-based Windows application for Planetrack ADS-B receivers that displays data from co-operating targets such as commercial aircraft, helicopters, light aircraft, and drones. ASD-View was developed to meet increasing demand for an ADS-B viewer from oil & gas platforms, port and harbour authorities and other maritime and surveillance applications. The new ASD-View software product is a standards-based viewer that interfaces with an ADS-B data stream and converts the reports into track symbols that are geo-referenced on a map. The software is fully compatible with Planetrack ground stations supporting ASTERIX CAT-021.


Eggenfelden Airport starts operating ADS-B/FLARM/Mode-S tracking solution

01 December 2019

Eggenfelden's airport (EDME) company in Lower Bavaria has accepted its Planetrack radar solution during October 2019. The system consists of a combined ADS-B/Flarm receiver in the tower cab and 4 ADS-B receivers that are located at public services sites around 5 NM from the airport. All stations send their timestamped data to a private server that calculates positions for aircraft that are only Mode-S transponder equipped, which is still the vast majority of General Aviation aircraft. All data are fused in the tower cab and displayed on a monitor concurrently. This installation will help all flying customers to fill the safety gap that was created since the local VHF Direction Finder was withdrawn after the VHF 8.33 kHz channel update. Now, pilots will get support as they are used, like QDM to the airfield.


Schönhagen Airport inaugurates RNAV (GPS) IFR procedures

11 October 2018

Our customer Schönhagen Airport (EDAZ), close to Berlin, has inaugurated its first IFR procedure on 11 Oct 2018. The procedure includes a RNAV (GPS) approach and SIDs with RNAV waypoints. Planevision Systems has supported the inauguration by providing a Multilateration Surveillance System. As a close-by bird sanctuary must be avoided by all pilots arriving and departing EDAZ below 2000 ft, the regulator had imposed a position tracking and recording system for the airport. Our system went into operation on 01 Jul 2017 and since then supports the surveillance tasks within the airport's immediate airspace. In 2019 two more airports are planned to start with Multilateration Surveilance


First lot of PlaneRTx VHF receiver rack inserts ready for sale

10 November 2017

Our PlaneRTx VHF receiver 2U rack insert is ready for the Becker GT6201 and TQ KRT2 as the ideal 8.33 kHz solution for small airports. Swapping any existing 25 kHz receiver in a 19″ airport tower rack is now only a matter of a few minutes. PlaneRTx comes with a built-in PSU, external speaker amplifier and other features depending on the VHF transceiver installed. Remember the EU 8.33 kHz mandate is nearing quickly; from Jan 01, 2018 most airports in the EU must be equipped with 8.33 kHz equipment.


interAirport Munich 2017 – a busy event

20 October 2017

The interAirport exhibition was a busy and successful event. Many visitors on our stand were interested in new tracking technologies for ground and airborne equipment. The technology is trend-setting: equipment types that have never been targeted for tracking beforeare focussed as the technology becomes more and more affordable: tugs, busses, catering trucks, loaders etc. We will continue to support this trend with our partners on the next interAirport 2018 in Beijing.


PlaneTRack Type BA certified according to DO-160G(7)(8) for 30G shock and vibration

8 October 2017

We proudly announce that the PlaneTRack ADS-B receiver Type BA was certified to withstand shock (30G) and severe vibrations according to the rigiorous requirements of RTCA DO-160G sections 7 and 8. The certifying agency is Eurofins close to Berlin, which is specialized in testing aircraft equipment. Passing the tests associated with shock and vibration means that Type BA can be used aboard of aircraft within certain temperature and pressurization limits, which are usually met during normal operations. Type BA is a specifically modified ADS-B receiver that consists of non-redundant receiver and power supply configuration.


ADS-B Receiving System at CAUC Tianjin

20 September 2017

Planevision Systems, through its Chinese partner GAETECH, Beijing, has delivered and installed a training PlaneTRack ADS-B receiver system to the Civil Aviation University of China in Tianjin. The receiver came with Jetview-S radar software, with a fully customized radar map of the Tianjin terminal area, which is ideal for training purposes. The university was established in 1951 to provide civil aviation education and training for aviation staff in China, with special focus on the higher education of civil aviation engineering and management.


Rescue Helicopter ADS-B Surveillance in the Austrian Alps

21 August 2017

For the benefit of surveillance of alpine helicopter rescue operations Planevision Systems has completed the delivery of a set of ADS-B receivers to the State of Vorarlberg emergency service authority. The 19" rack insert receivers were placed on mountain tops in the Vorarlberg area, at altitudes above 2.000 meters. ADS-B data as they are received are transmitted to the state emergency control center via WAN microlinks and subsequently processed in the authority's GIS. The PlaneTRack fully decoded output with its RESTFUL API made this integration very easy. During a test period of 12 months the installation proved to be helpful especially in the winter months, when rescue flights in the skiing resorts are a continous task.