NavAidDrone: New Drone-Based Measurement System for Navigational Aid Inspection

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Lichtenau / Baden, Germany, 5th March 2018 – Following a joint-development effort with FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH, LS telcom’s Colibrex announces the launch of NavAidDrone, a drone-based system for navigational aid (NAVAID) inspections.

The NavAidDrone is used for field measurements required for commissioning and regular maintenance of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS). It will support Air Navigation Service Providers, NAVAID system manufacturers, and CNS (communication, navigation, surveillance) installation and maintenance service engineers. The system can also perform VOR and GBAS measurements with additional software included.

Measurement data, processed by the NavAidDrone, will now be available for areas that cannot be accessed by vehicles or conventional telescopic masts and for which measurement was therefore previously not possible. For instance, the NavAidDrone measures localizer coverage with ease in a sector of ± 35° towards the antenna as it can be fully programmed to fly orbit paths. The airborne measurement system can also detect high frequency oscillations of ILS signals caused by buildings, cranes or other construction work obstacles.

Luc Haeberlé, Managing Director of Colibrex explains, “The integrated high-performing FCS receiver guarantees extremely accurate measurement results. At the same time, the flexible airborne platform delivers a much higher volume of measurement points and results, compared to ground measurements. Altogether, the measurement results obtained with the NavAidDrone are much more comprehensive and precise and improve ILS periodical measurements, adjustment and maintenance work substantially. At the same time, the use of NavAidDrone is more cost-effective and will also potentially reduce flight inspection hours.”

Rüdiger Schmidt, Managing Director of FCS, adds, “Drone-based ILS measurement opens the way to a new era in NAVAIDS inspection and FCS together with Colibrex are at the forefront of this exciting and complementary approach to flight inspection. Flight inspection and ground measurements should go hand in hand to ensure the best performance of our client’s NavAids. Our exciting new technology very effectively bridges the gap between the two worlds.”

The NavAidDrone unites the flight inspection and receiving and processing expertise of FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH and Colibrex’s expertise in the design and international commercial operation of unmanned aircraft systems for radio frequency measurements.

Colibrex and FCS are planning a follow-up development and launch of the “RadarDrone” to perform field measurements for commissioning, trouble-shooting and regular maintenance of military and civil radar and surveillance systems, including primary (PR) and secondary (SSR/MSSR) radar installations. The Air Navigation Service Providers and CNS maintenance staff, radar system manufacturers and radar service organisations will benefit from this new drone-based measurement technology.

LS telcom / Colibrex and FCS Flight Calibration Services exhibit together at the World ATM Congress in Madrid6-8 March 2018, stand number 151.

About Colibrex

Colibrex is a fully owned subsidiary of LS telcom. Colibrex and LS telcom offer spectrum management and radio monitoring systems and services to airports to ensure safe and interference free communication.

Founded in 1992, LS telcom looks back on 25 years of experience in the radio communications market. Since then LS telcom, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, has established memberships with many industry associations and organizations, and cooperates with leading technology universities. This is how we ensure to be up-to-date with technologies, standards and regulations.

LS telcom operates worldwide with subsidiaries and affiliates in Canada, China, France, South Africa, UAE, UK and USA as well as representations and support offices in Argentina, Hungary and Oman. With its headquarters in Lichtenau, Germany, LS telcom is listed on the German stock exchange under ISIN DE 0005754402 since 2001. www.Colibrex.comwww.LStelcom.com

About FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH

FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, is a leading European provider of flight inspection of navigational aids and procedure validation. FCS is a joint venture of the Air Navigation Service providers DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, Austro Control GmbH and Skyguide Ltd. FCS has almost two decades of experience in receiving, recording and analysis of signals-in-space of CNS/ATM navigation and surveillance protocols. https://fcs.aero/english

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