Finavia becomes first airport company to adopt NAVBLUE’s RunwaySense

Toulouse, France, November 4, 2021

  • Finnish airport company becomes the first airport customer for RunwaySense
  • 6 airports will benefit from NAVBLUE’s collaborative platform

The airport company Finavia has just signed a deal with NAVBLUE, becoming the first airport company to adopt RunwaySense, NAVBLUE’s collaborative web-based platform for runway condition reporting activities.

RunwaySense is an exclusive and unique NAVBLUE service, using unique data provided by Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft equipped with Braking Action Computation Function (BACF) software in order to accurately report the condition of the runway it has just landed on, against the FAA’s Take-off and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM).

RunwaySense data is compliant with the ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF) requirement, which comes into effect on November 4, and assists airports in monitoring runway conditions and targeting their runway clearing activities. It provides a unique data report reflecting the aircraft’s actual braking action. The accuracy allows airport operators to target their runway clearing activities, especially important for runways subject to snowy conditions, for more efficiency and less disruption. RunwaySense takes advantage of continuous operations on the runway to collect real-time information on the runway condition.

Finavia will access RunwaySense data via SoftAvia’s Global Runway Reporter Alert (GRRA) software.

6 of the 20 airports managed byFinavia will now benefit from the RunwaySense service: Helsinki AIRPORT (IATA: HEL, ICAO: EFHK), Oulu (IATA: OUL, ICAO: EFOU), Kittilä (IATA: KTT, ICAO: EFKT), Kuusamo (IATA: KAO, ICAO: EFKS), Ivalo (IATA: IVL, ICAO: EFIV), Rovaniemi (IATA: RVN, ICAO: EFRO).

Thomas Lagaillarde, Head of Product Portfolio & Programmes at NAVBLUE, said: “We are proud that Finavia has chosen NAVBLUE and RunwaySense to support their runway condition reporting activities. Using this service will enhance their airport activity, especially at Helsinki Airport, an important transfer hub in Northern Europe. ICAO’s GRF initiative is an important step for enhancing safe runway operations and we’re pleased to be able to contribute.”

Henri HANSSON, Technical Director at Finavia, said: “We experience heavy seasonal weather variation at all our 20 airports and our highly developed winter maintenance is world-renowned. We are glad to start the upcoming winter season with NAVBLUE’s RunwaySense.”

About Finavia: Finavia corporation manages and develops 20 airports in Finland. We offer the best long-haul connections in the Nordics and enable smooth travelling between Europe and other parts of the world. our ground-breaking work in developing passenger experience, sustainability and snow-how are recognised as being among the best in the world. all our airports are carbon neutral. Finavia brings the world closer together.

About NAVBLUE: NAVBLUE is an Airbus Services company, wholly owned by Airbus, and dedicated to Flight Operations & Air Traffic Management Solutions.  NAVBLUE provides digital solutions and services, and supports both civil and military environments, on the ground and onboard any aircraft and offers expertise in a range of areas, including digital cockpit operations, Operations Control Centre (OCC) systems, Flight Ops Engineering, Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and Air Traffic Management (ATM). NAVBLUE employs 480 employees spread across Canada, USA, UK, France, and Thailand, with representatives in several other countries across the globe.

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