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Osprey plays a key role in delivering Advanced Air Traffic Control equipment at Leeds Bradford Airport


Osprey is proud to have played a key role in the delivery of Advanced Air Traffic Control equipment which will help to support Leeds Bradford Airport in delivering increased capacity as part of its Masterplan ambitions.

The airport, which sees more than 3.4m passengers a year travelling through its doors, has invested in a range of high tech equipment in its Air Traffic Control tower and services; putting the airport at the very forefront of technology.

Osprey was involved right from the outset and worked with the team at Leeds Bradford Airport to conduct a detailed technical study into their future surveillance needs. Our recommendations resulted in a major three year project which led to the first integrated upgrade for 30 years to the Air Traffic Control systems, with a new refit of radar equipment, computers and the installation of a 3D Micronav simulator for advanced ATC training. In addition, the approach room has been fitted with new fixtures and fittings so that the space is fully modernised, spacious and light. New equipment includes a Radar Data Processor, as well as radar and voice recorders.

All of this activity will allow the airport’s Air Traffic Control team to support increased traffic as a result of Leeds Bradford Airport’s ambition to grow and develop to an airport carrying 7.1m passengers a year by 2030 – as set out in its draft Masterplan earlier this year.

John Parkin, Chief Executive at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “This project indicates our drive to continually invest in Leeds Bradford Airport, enabling us to provide the very best services for passengers travelling through Yorkshire’s gateway airport. This investment will further help us to support increased capacity as part of our draft Masterplan proposals to deliver 7.1m passengers a year by 2030. It’s an exciting and crucial time for Leeds Bradford as we are ambitious to provide even more choice to our customers looking to travel across the world from their doorstep.

 “I’d like to thank all of the operations team members who have been involved in this project. They have maintained an exceptional service throughout, which has all taken place around everyday activity in Air Traffic Control services.”

Phil Cropper, Principal Inspector ATM of the Civil Aviation Authority, conducted the official opening. In addition, representatives of the suppliers were present and all had tours of the Air Traffic Control tower to see the equipment in operation. This included Dr Konrad Koeck, CEO of Avibit, Paul Boydell, Managing Director of Copperchase and Jon Arden of Osprey Consulting Services.

Alan Siddoway, Head of Air Traffic Control Services said The successful delivery of this significant project would not have been possible were it not for the support of Osprey CSL and I’d like to thank them for their work.  Working closely with our project team, they helped to take an aspiration and turn it into a viable project that could be delivered within time and on budget. We have worked with Osprey before and I’m pleased with their technical knowledge and willingness to further enhance the technical excellence already present within our airport in order to form the most effective delivery team possible.”

Jon Arden, Managing Director, Osprey CSL added “This was a challenging project and we’re delighted to see it delivered successfully and to such a high standard.”

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