Dubai Airports, in collaboration with Honeywell confirmed successful implementation of the ‘follow the greens’ airfield guidance system.
The new system streamlines operations, optimises ground traffic flow and reduces controller-pilot communications.
The Ground Traffic Management (GTM) solution, helps pilots to safely navigate through the airport’s complex network of taxiways, even in the case of reduced visibility. The system assesses all aircraft traffic on the airfield, identifies optimal routing to the gate and activates a series of lights on the tarmac. Instead of following radio instructions from the air traffic control tower, pilots simply follow the green lights.
Chris Garton, executive vice president of operations for Dubai Airports, said: “Dubai International regularly adopts latest technology to help streamline operations, limit emissions, enhance safety, meet increased capacity demands and give customers an experience.”
Honeywell’s GTM system helps reduce taxi times, save fuel and emissions while improving taxiway safety. The new system also reduces strain on air traffic controller operations, improves situational awareness, and generates additional savings through reduced lighting and operational costs.