airport movement area safety system


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airport movement area safety system (AMASS)

A software enhancement to airport surface detection equipment (ASDE) radar that provides logic predicting the path of aircraft landing and/or vehicular movements on runways. Visual and aural alarms are activated when logic predicts a potential collision.
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The new warning system, called the Airport Movement Area Safety System, or AMASS, gives air-traffic controllers in the LAX control tower a warning whenever it senses that something on the ground is about to get into the way of an aircraft landing or taking off, Snyder explained.
The new Airport Movement Area Safety System technology has been tested in San Francisco and Detroit and was due to be installed at other airports between July 2001 and November 2002.
Officials said a software problem is stopping the radar-based Airport Movement Area Safety System from detecting planes approaching each other on intersecting runways.
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