To manage safety aspects of increased landing and departing movements in all weather conditions, dans (in collaboration with DA EP and Dubai Airports), launched an Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control System (ASMGCS) Programme to meet ICAO Level IV capability. The first phase of the programme was completed in 2012 with the implementation of MLAT to supplement primary radar coverage. In 2016 ground surveillance resilience was further enhanced with the deployment of additional MLAT coverage and two new Primary Radar heads.
Phase 2 was implemented in Q1, 2016 and included the deployment of an innovative Ground Traffic Management (GTM) System that also makes use of the “Follow the Green” concept, validated by airline pilots in 2013 during aircraft trials at Frankfurt Airport under the sponsorship of SESAR Joint Undertaking.
Following completion of live trials at DXB, the system has obtained GCAA regulatory approval for H24 operations in all weather conditions.
“Follow the Greens” is now operationally deployed at DXB during Low Visibility Procedures and during specified times of the day before being deployed H24.
The DXB innovative Ground Traffic Management System is the first system with enhanced surveillance, automated routing and guidance, control and planning functionalities to be deployed operationally.
Low Visibility Operations traffic data indicate an initial benefit of an additional 5 movements an hour.