US Airways evaluates Aerobahn after running tests in two hubs

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US Airways could opt to deploy the Sensis Aerobahn airport surface management system after testing it at its Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs.

Speaking to ATI the carrier's annual media day on 6 April, SVP flight operations and in-flight Ed Bular said US Airways was pleased with the testing, which began in late 2010.

Aerobahn combines airside operational information, including flight schedules, with the exact location of aircraft and ground vehicles in a real-time view.

Bular says Aerobahn has been particularly useful in managing a tarmac delay regulation that took affect in April 2010 prohibiting US carriers from operating domestic flights from allowing an aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than 3h without deplaning passengers.

Sensis in September 2010 introduced dynamic rules alerting for Aerobahn allowing customers to create customised complex event alerts to manage airport operations, including compliance with the tarmac rule. Aerobahn also allows airlines to customise other scenarios, including when outbound aircraft have exceeded deicing hold times.

Bular also says Aerobahn has also allowed US Airways to cut down on aircraft taxi times, and says "the end game" is tying surface management tools into management of the inbound airborne traffic.