New Munich deal for Morpho
Morpho through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, has announced a contract with the District Government of Upper Bavaria for the deployment of its high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection system (EDS) at Munich Airport.
Once deployed, the computed tomography (CT) based CTX 9800 will be used to screen all passenger checked baggage – referred to as Level 1 screening – for select high-risk flights.
In addition, CTX 9800 will be used to help Munich prepare for a full transition to Standard 3 explosives screening capabilities in accordance with approaching European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) mandates. Karen Bomba, president & CEO, Morpho Detection, says: “By reducing false alarms and time-intensive manual inspections of checked luggage, CTX 9800 is delivering on Morpho’s commitment to help airports prepare for approaching regulatory mandates and security challenges.”
On the radar
A trial to enable General Aviation (GA) pilots to use the full ADS-B functionality of their Mode S transponders has been kicked off by NATS, with support from the CAA and AOPA UK.
The trial, which began in December 2014, has seen pilots encouraged to connect their transponders to a non-certified GPS receiver in order to start broadcasting their position via ADS-B.
Doing so will allow them to track their aircraft in real-time, while with an additional receiver it will help increase awareness of nearby ADS-B equipped aircraft. While NATS doesn’t rely on ADS-B to detect aircraft, it believes that encouraging the GA community to use it will deliver additional capabilities in the air and on the ground, and make the UK’s busy airspace even safer and more efficient.
Jonathan Smith, NATS General Aviation Lead, said: “The aim of the trial is for NATS and the GA community to understand whether uncertified GPS positions can be used to deliver real safety benefits. This could be in the form of traffic alerts in the cockpit, enhanced situational awareness or even information being spoken directly into a GA pilot’s headset.”
“In addition, GA pilots will start to become visible on apps like Planefinder and FlightRadar24, which we think is very exciting for the community.”
A second element of the trial will see the introduction of a new prototype device called the Low Power ADS-B Transceiver (LPAT), which is being developed by NATS with Funke Avionics. LPAT is being positioned as a portable, battery powered and affordable device that will provide the minimum functionality needed to make a GA pilot visible to other airspace users, as well as to provide warnings against other suitably equipped aircraft.