BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- CLR Photonics, Inc. -- a world leader in the development of lidar-based remote-sensing solutions designed for airport and meteorological applications -- today announced that its WindTracer(R) pulsed Doppler lidar system has been deployed at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in a joint program with the Federal Aviation Administration. This deployment enables the demonstration and evaluation of WindTracer by the FAA as a wind shear detection solution and cost-effective complement to the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) system currently in operation at McCarran Airport. "We are pleased that the FAA is evaluating WindTracer as a viable wind shear detection system," said Dr. Stephen M. Hannon, CLR's managing director. "We are anxious to work with the FAA to analyze the data that confirms the quality of lidar technology and emphasizes WindTracer's contribution to aviation safety." CLR has provided one WindTracer system for the multi-month evaluation, facilitated through the FAA's Air Traffic Organization Technical Operations. The WindTracer is situated on McCarran Airport property with a clear view of the runways. At airports located in Western states, like McCarran Airport, the existing microwave TDWR can fail to detect significant dry microbursts as well as frontal passage events in the airport terminal area. Due to its geographic location and desert climate, McCarran Airport is also prone to dramatic wind events, such as strong downburst winds that result from the seasonal "monsoonal flow," typically occurring during the late summer months. Aircraft are forced to execute unexpected "go arounds" after encountering these sudden wind hazards. Air traffic control personnel are interested in an improved alerting capability at McCarran Airport. A current approach is to augment the existing TDWR by installing an extensive network of Low Level Windshear Alert System (LLWAS) anemometer towers, which can be quite expensive and will generally encounter a variety of environmental impact concerns. An alternate approach would be to augment the TDWR with WindTracer, a single-sensor installation that provides high-resolution glide slope coverage with little to no environmental impact. During this summer's demonstration and evaluation, data collected by WindTracer will be compared with the TDWR data to identify the improvement provided for terminal-area wind hazard alerting. Since the WindTracer installation in late July, several events have been recorded that demonstrate lidar's contribution to aviation safety and runway management. About CLR Photonics, Inc. CLR Photonics, Inc. (www.clrphotonics.com) is a division of Coherent Technologies, Inc., a global leader in laser radar technologies since 1984. Headquartered near Boulder, Colo., CLR offers the only commercially available Doppler lidar system in the world today. WindTracer is a pulsed Doppler lidar device that uses an infrared, eye-safe laser to bounce off aerosols less than the width of a human hair, providing wind and aerosol data for detecting airport wind hazards and wake vortices, as well as for homeland security and meteorological research. WindTracer is a registered trademark of CLR Photonics, Inc.
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