Post Installation at Brighton City despite Covid-19

Written by MM Aviation

Posted on December 15, 2020

Brighton City Airport upgrade their METCOM system to the new AeoMET Regional platform

During the summer we have had the privilege of working with the team at Brighton city Airport, to upgrade their MET system and bring it into the 21st Century. Whilst doing this their AFTN line was also upgraded to AMHS. This was the first one to be changed over since the UK went into lockdown.

Their old system from MM Aviation was a METCOM based SAMOS system. This system has been, and still is, used successfully in the aviation industry throughout the UK since the late 1980’s.  METCOM and its associated user interfaces (UI) have been enhanced during the last 30 years but with no fundamental change to the software architecture. Consequently, it has become more and more difficult to maintain, add new features and generally keep the product and its services in line with the requirements of fast moving changes in the aviation industry.

The AeroMET System purchased by Brighton City Airport is a highly flexible solution which can support a wide range of sensors be adapted very quickly for in Country needs and can be scaled to the needs of the airfield. From small or regional airports to the largest international airports in the world. The architecture is based on the fundamental requirement for a secure network, to ensure airport safety at ALL times.

All meteorological data is processed by the AeroMET servers according to relevant international & local rules and displayed within the ATC environment. At Brighton City Airport the data processing, display & other system deliverables all conform to:

•         CAP670 | Air Traffic Services Safety Requirements

•         CAP746 | Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes

•         ICAO Annex 3 | International Standards & Recommended Practices 

Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation

•         ICAO Annex 11 | International Standards & Recommended Practices

Air Traffic Services

•         EASA Annex V | Acceptable Means of Compliance & Guidance Material to Part-MET

On completion of the installation and training Barry Hawkins – Director of Aviation Services and James Latham – Air Traffic Control said “Brighton City Airport is extremely pleased with the AeroMet system from MMAviation that was installed in our Air Traffic Control tower over the summer. The system provides a number of benefits and improved functionality over the previous system and all operational staff have adapted to it with ease.”

MM Aviation Weather Monitoring & Flight Data Processing systems have been used in the aviation industry throughout the UK since the late 1980’s. We are a market leader in the UK for Automated Aviation Meteorological Systems. 

MM Aviation is owned by Aircontact Group AS in Norway. Aircontact Group is the regional sales and marketing consultant for Sikorsky Aircraft, Rockwell Collins and training systems from Lockheed Martin.

MM Aviation HQ is located in Asker, Norway with Project Engineering offices in Aberdeen, Scotland and Nottingham, England. 

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