airport surface detection equipment
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Related to airport surface detection equipment: Airport Movement Area Safety System
airport surface detection equipment[′er‚pȯrt ′sər·fəs di′tek·shən i‚kwip·mənt]
A short-range radar using millimeter waves and giving a panoramic presentation of all aircraft and vehicles, moving or stationary, on the surface of an aerodrome; used by air traffic controllers for expeditious movement of surface aircraft on the ramp, taxiway, and runway.
airport surface detection equipment (ASDE)
Radar equipment specifically designed to detect all principal features on the surface of an airport, including aircraft and vehicular traffic, and to present the entire picture on a radar indicator console in the control tower. The equipment is used to augment the visual observation by tower personnel of aircraft and/or vehicular movements on runways and taxiways.