Dublin Airport is installing a high-tech aircraft parking system that assists pilots during marshalling on the stands.
The automatic visual docking guidance system (AVDGS) is an electronic display above parking stands that provides real-time information to pilots as they park aircraft on arrival or push back for departure.
Features of the new system include an infrared high-definition camera that scans the aircraft parking area for any objects that could affect the safety of the arriving or departing aircraft. This camera detects large objects on the ground, such as equipment or baggage, which may block the stand and cause knock-on delays.
Airline marshals input key information such as the aircraft type and other flight data into the AVDGS, which automatically gauges the aircraft’s clearances and stopping distances.
The system also has a low visibility function which allows aircraft to park in extremely poor visibility conditions, such as mist and dense fog, reducing the risk of weather-related delays.
Thanks to the AVDGS, airline baggage and ground handlers can get to the aircraft quicker to ensure a faster turnaround time. It also saves fuel and cuts carbon emissions from the airfield as the aircraft and its support vehicles don’t have their engines running unnecessarily.
The AVDGS also records the exact on- and off-stand times and sends them directly into the Airport’s Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) system, which focuses on aircraft turnaround times and pre-departure sequencing processes to boost air traffic flow and operational efficiency.
“AVDGS is another example of technology enhancing airport processes that deliver huge benefits for the airport, its airline customers and passengers,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison. “It is a tried and trusted system of improving airport safety and efficiencies and supports Dublin Airport’s continuing drive for sustainability.”
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