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Optimal operation and maximum safety at Mexico City’s airport

Servicio a la Navegación en el Espacio Aéreo Mexicano (SENEAM)

Areas of Activity: Environmental Quality

Sectors of Operation: Meteorology

 

 

“The Doppler weather radar installed has allowed us to anticipate extreme weather events, like microbursts, guaranteeing an optimal operation of the airport’s activities and public safety.” Engineer Daniel Aguirre Dupeyron – Head of Radar Systems Development. SENEAM. Mexico.

In 2011, Navigation Services in the Mexican Airspace (SENEAM), the agency responsible for air traffic control in all of Mexico, decided to acquire a terminal Doppler weather radar (TDWR) to detect microbursts in the runways of Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (AICM).

This system enables the configuration of the airport’s runways to be adapted and made safer, by providing microburst alert data every 2 minutes for an area of 100 km around the airport. The data recorded are highly accurate and reach maximum resolution in the runways and approach areas. All this information is received simultaneously at the airport’s control tower, air navigation centre and meteorology service.

The weather radar also provides volume data in three dimensions of reflectiveness every 8 minutes, so that the system is able to generate 3D maps showing rain, ground speed and intensity up to a distance of 250 km. Thanks to these systems, SENEAM is informed of the evolution of storms and their trajectories, so it can anticipate any possible meteorological problems and modify the airport’s operation to minimise their impact.

BENEFITS

Providing key information about the evolution of storms and their trajectories, thus making it possible to anticipate any possible weather events and modify the airport’s operation to minimise their impact.

· Detection of microbursts every two minutes.
· Detection of geolocated rainfall and time evolution, facilitating detection of possible emergency situations and risk assessment.
· Immediate reception of data simultaneously in the control tower, air navigation centre and meteorology service, guaranteeing full coordination and optimal decision making.

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