SOURCE: Era Corporation

March 13, 2007 14:03 ET

Czech ANS Makes Aviation History Again With New ATC Centre and Era Technology

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic has transitioned to full operational status at their brand new, state-of-the-art Integrated ATC Centre (IATCC) in Jenec, near Prague.

An important feature of the new centre is the operational integration of Era's MSS multilateration and ADS-B system as part of the secondary surveillance coverage around Prague. This achievement marks another important milestone in the pioneering use of next-generation technology by Czech ANS and paves the way for future demands in this rapidly growing airspace. The new ATC centre systems not only support the safety, growth and capacity requirements for the region beyond 2015, but also provide complete fleet coverage today, while supporting the future transition to ADS-B, with a single integrated system.

"Once again, Era has delivered a reliable high-performance component of the Czech ATC infrastructure using its wide area multilateration technology," said Ivan Uhlir, Czech ANS. "In this project, Era's distributed timing features have allowed us to deploy receivers flexibly and discretely around the Prague terminal area to establish the coverage that we required. Also as usual, Era's project and support people turned out to be just as reliable as their technology."

Czech ANS has a long track record of innovation using Era's multilateration technology. Czech ANS deployed the world's first multilateration surface surveillance system in 1999 at Prague airport. In 2002, they commissioned the world's first wide area multilateration system at the Ostrava Airport, which was type certified against ICAO ANNEX 10 for interrogation and against Eurocontrol radar standards for surveillance performance. The system performed so well that it was operationally certified for 3 nautical mile approach separation. The project was recently recognized with the Development Award at the Jane's Awards held at ATC Maastricht 2007.

Czech ANS adopted a wide area multilateration strategy with this project after its feasibility studies concluded that MSS by Era would outperform traditional secondary radar with clear cost/benefit advantages.

Era's latest MSS system at Prague completed acceptance testing in December 2006. The originally requested coverage range of 80 nautical miles has been substantially exceeded out to 120 nautical miles and achieved full compliance with the surveillance parameters of the Eurocontrol standards. The accuracy and resolution ability in the Prague FIR (Flight Information Region) exceeds the capabilities of a traditional secondary radar approach. Further, the first tests have established the suitability of the same system for monitoring the approach to parallel runways.

The IATCC Prague showcases an impressive facility, world-class technology and was awarded the "Building of 2005 Prize" and "The Best Investment of 2005" for the quality of project and investment control.

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About Era

Era Corporation is a pioneer and leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic control, military, homeland security and airport operations markets. With proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies delivering high performance, high reliability surveillance solutions, the company has over 100 commercial, air traffic control, and military customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Era systems are providing high performance, high reliability surveillance with hundreds of operational sensors covering the airspace of over 20 different countries around the world. Era's investment in research and development and its track record of product innovation has resulted in a substantial patent portfolio. Era, formerly Rannoch Corporation, is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with leading product research and development centers of excellence in the U.S. and Pardubice, Czech Republic.

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