SOURCE: Rannoch Corporation

December 19, 2006 14:28 ET

Rannoch Selected for Automated Flight Tracking and Billing Solutions at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Teterboro Airports

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 19, 2006 -- The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) has selected Rannoch for two groundbreaking aircraft tracking, identification and billing projects. Rannoch will provide the solutions based on its AirScene airport management system and its ERA MSS (Multisensor Surveillance System) flight tracking technology.

Rannoch will deploy its MSS network of flight tracking sensors around JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Teterboro Airports. MSS is based on eXtended ADS (ADS-X), which enables highly accurate tracking of aircraft by combining a variety of techniques, including Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) and multilateration. The ADS-X approach enables the Port Authority to field a state-of-the-art aircraft tracking system today that is compatible with the FAA's next-generation tracking systems.

Both projects will utilize the same MSS sensor infrastructure and AirScene data feeds while serving different business purposes. The first project involves the replacement of the current collection and analysis of terminal records (CATER) system with a new automated system based on Rannoch's proprietary aircraft tracking and data fusion technology. The current CATER system relies heavily on manually acquired data. The Port's goal is to automate the collection of this data using automated systems to improve the accuracy and timeliness of the data. The proposed system is called the Electronic CATER system (E-CATER) and will provide the Port with a data collection system that offers significant improvements in data acquisition speed and accuracy.

The second project involves the automation of the Port Authority's IAB or itinerant aircraft billing system for JFK, Newark Liberty and Teterboro Airports. The current system collects and processes large amounts of operations data from non-reporting airlines to support the Port's estimated $250M annual revenue collection management.

Like most large airports, the Port charges aircraft operators for a variety of services including landing, parking, maintenance, ramp and facilities use. Most airports struggle to accomplish accurate billing of user fees, which is exacerbated in the Port's case by the sheer number of operations including cargo, commercial, charter, and general aviation distributed over four major airports in two states. Combined, PANYNJ airports handle over 1.4 million aircraft operations and over 94 million passengers per year, making it one of the largest airport systems in the world.

"The Port Authority's new E-CATER and IAB systems represent a major step forward in airport operations and revenue management," stated Tom Breen, Rannoch's VP of Aviation Management Systems. "Traditional techniques for tracking aircraft en route, in the terminal area, and on the ground are being replaced by a new generation of technology that is faster, more accurate, and less expensive than legacy techniques. This is the technology that the FAA and other major air navigation service providers have chosen as the basis for their next-generation air traffic systems," added Breen.

About Rannoch

Rannoch 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 and Asia. Rannoch and ERA solutions are operating globally with hundreds of operational sensors covering over 500,000 square miles of the world's airspace. Rannoch has a substantial patent portfolio as a result of its track record in innovation with emerging technologies. Rannoch 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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