PASSUR Software Improves Aircraft Traffic Efficiency At JFK Airport


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PASSUR Software Improves Aircraft Traffic Efficiency At JFK Airport

Daniel Baxter

August 8, 2010 - PASSUR Aerospace, Inc. announced that the company’s collaborative software has reduced ground congestion and delays during runway construction at one of the nation’s busiest airports, John F. Kennedy International, and is recognized as a model “NextGen” capability. The program is a successful collaboration between the Port Authority of NY & NJ, the FAA, and the airlines, coordinated by PASSUR. 

PASSUR’s collaborative software solutions and professional services program effectively coordinate the many elements of airport operations, significantly reducing the length and duration of departure queues on the tarmac, and reducing airline fuel costs and carbon emissions. 

The Port Authority and a number of airlines cited the PASSUR system as a key element in minimizing disruption of operations while the airport’s Bay Runway, the longest and most heavily used of JFK’s four runways was closed for reconstruction from March through June.


In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal listed fuel savings and improvements in the passenger experience as two of the most critical benefits of the program, coordinated by PASSUR. "Our fuel burn is way down," said JetBlue Chief Executive David Barger, quoted in the Wall Street Journal. 

"It's been a home run," said Mike Sammartino, the FAA's director of system operations, quoted in the same Wall Street Journal article. He went on to say, “It [the metering program] will stay in place. Everyone sees the benefit." Because of its success, the program has been extended to at least the end of 2010. 

“Under the leadership of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the airlines and the FAA have collaborated to make this program a remarkable success, addressing problems that were thought to be almost insurmountable,” said Jim Barry, President and CEO of PASSUR Aerospace. 

“We are proud to be playing an important role in enhancing operations coordination which has generated the traffic management efficiencies envisioned as part of the FAA NextGen program. We believe this program will enhance the efficiency of airports throughout the country, even during normal operations.”


Key operating and financial metrics improved during the runway closure were, departure taxi times declined year over year by an average of two minutes (March 2010 vs. March 2009), even with the loss of runway 13L/31R to construction, resulted in a reduction in fuel consumption of 124,600 gallons per month (using an average fleet type, for March 2010) , a reduction of 2.7 million pounds (1250 Metric tons) of CO2 emissions per month (using an average fleet type, for March 2010). 

For the months of March and April 2010, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported only one instance of a departure delayed for 3+ hours on the tarmac at JFK, vs. 21 departures delayed for 3+ hours on the tarmac for the same period last year. The result is a "virtual departure queue," in which departures are metered by holding flights either at the gate or in a common metering area, so that once aircraft enter the active taxiway they are ready to depart quickly. 

PASSUR Aerospace, Inc. is a business intelligence company which provides its customers predictive analytics built on proprietary algorithms and on the concurrent integration and simultaneous mining of multiple databases. The company serves most major airlines (including 6 of the top 7 North American airlines, as well as the top five hub airlines), over 50 airport customers (including 10 of the top 15 North American airports), more than 200 corporate aviation customers, and the US Government. PASSUR’s system is driven by business intelligence software which is powered by a North American network of 140 passive radars, company owned, including one located at each of the top 35 U.S. airports. Other PASSURs are located in Europe and Asia. Flight tracks are updated every 4.6 seconds, thereby providing a system which is user-friendly and useful for decision making.


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