Avinor pioneers GPS monitoring of offshore traffic

Norwegian ANSP Avinor wil be among the first in Europe to employ American GPS technology to strengthen monitoring of airspace extending to the Ekofisk, Sleipner and Heimdal oil fields.
“Every time technology takes a step forward in the work to make an already safe mode of transport even safer, it is a milestone for Avinor. It is also good to know that we are making a valuable contribution toward Norway´s most important industry,” says Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.
Every year there are 160,000 passenger trips between Ekofisk and the mainland alone.
The system, called ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast), has been developed by American company Sensis Corporation.
A total of three base stations are to be established on the mainland outside Stavanger and Florø – in addition to eight on the oil installations at Ekofisk, Sleipner and Heimdal. ADS-B will provide more detailed information on where the helicopters are at any given time than traditional radar technology.
Project Manager Bjørn Hovland of Avinor says that the new installations are to be approved in April 2013. The cost of the project is NOK 6.5 million.
“We look forward to cooperating with the supplier and to becoming a small part of Norwegian offshore history,” he says.