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Taxi time will shorten at Istanbul Airport

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With the new system installed at Istanbul Airport, taxi times of aircraft will be reduced by 15 per cent thanks to the third stage of the Advanced Ground Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS), ‘Guidance’, while the movements of aircraft on the ground can be planned in advance.

The introductory meeting held at Istanbul Airport Air Traffic Control Centre for the implementation of the ‘Guidance Level’ was attended by State Airports Authority (DHMI) Deputy General Manager Dr. Cengiz Pa?ao?lu, European Commission Director General for Transport and Mobility Henrik Hololei, European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) Consultant Haydar Yalç?n and senior officials. ?smail Hakk? Polat, Deputy General Manager in charge of Planning at ?GA and member of EUROCONTROL Performance Evaluation Commission, gave information about the system at the ceremony and stated that with the implementation of the ‘Guidance Level’, the third phase of the A-SMGCS system, which enables the control of all aircraft and vehicle movements on the ground, air traffic controllers will be able to plan the movements of aircraft on the ground in advance and use taxiways more efficiently.

OPERATION SYSTEM IS FULLY DIGITAL

?smail Hakk? Polat, Deputy General Manager in Charge of Planning at Istanbul Airport Operator ?GA, who informed the press members about the system, said: “Today, we are celebrating the first operation of a new technological development at Istanbul Airport. We have carried out the first works of the next stage of the new development of the system, which we call A-SMGCS, which we actively use in our Air Traffic Control Tower, where all aircraft and vehicle movements on the ground are controlled. We have realised this opening with the participation of the State Airports Authority and aviation authorities abroad. With this new system, air traffic controllers at our airport will be able to plan the movements of aircraft on the ground in advance and use taxiways more effectively.

THANKS TO THE SYSTEM, TAXI TIMES OF AIRCRAFT WILL BE REDUCED

He also mentioned the reduction in taxi times with the activation of the Guidance Level and the economic advantages that the ASMGCS System will provide to the Airline Companies. Polat,” First of all, of course, our aircraft will taxi less on the ground. As we will be able to reduce taxi times, we will also prevent any security problems that may arise in such a complex traffic. We are talking about 1300 aircraft per day and 1 minute saving in the taxiing of these aircraft is equivalent to 40 thousand minutes per month, which is really very important.

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