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
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
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
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
WindTracer is a registered trademark of CLR Photonics, Inc.
SOURCE CLR Photonics, Inc.