enter image description hereWhat kind of information is displayed by the ground surveillance radar scope on Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) or similar systems like ASDE-X?

  • $\begingroup$ ground surveillance= aircraft+vehicles the display that shows the information about who's moving in the ground. $\endgroup$ – LazyBrain Apr 8 '15 at 13:07
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    $\begingroup$ I think he's asking about the display the controller sees with an ASDE-X scope or something similar, and I think that's a great question (if that doesn't get outside of scope -- no pun intended). $\endgroup$ – Ralph J Apr 8 '15 at 13:32
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    $\begingroup$ Related $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Apr 8 '15 at 13:39
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    $\begingroup$ @RalphJ Exactly, that's why it's related: this is the ground-based equivalent of the other question. I think for anyone interested in what ATC (including ground control) can see on their screens, it's good to make that link $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Apr 8 '15 at 15:59
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    $\begingroup$ first I'm a she :p and second thank you for editing my question because I'm new to this and find it hard to express what I need to know. thx again $\endgroup$ – LazyBrain Apr 8 '15 at 19:14

Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) provides controllers (eventually pilots and vehicle drivers) with situational awareness on the movement area and normally consists of three type of sensors. Surface movement radar, MLAT and ADS-B. ASMGS Components

The kind of information is displayed to the controller is dependent on what are the sensors used and the capability of aircraft and vehicles on the ground.

  1. If the A-SMGCS is equipped with Surface Movement Radar (SMR) it can display the moving vehicles and aircraft on the maneuvering area. (except in areas where tracking is inhibited ) to the controller. But manual correlation is required to identify the target.
  2. If ASMGCS is ADS-B capable, controllers display will show Aircraft or vehicle Identification (ACID), Essential Flight Plan details like destination etc and type of aircraft also in addition to the exact location of the aircrat or vehicle. For this to work, Aircraft/vehicle should be ADS-B capable.
  3. using MLAT (Multilateration ) ASMGCS system displays postion and ACID and other FPL details to the controller if the aircraft SSR transponder is in operating mode. System correlate the transponder code with the flightplan.

SMR Radar track

Depending upon the level of ASMGCS operation , it can also display the taxiway route, SID, Runway assigned etc to the controller.

If the target is obtained from ADS-B or MLAT then it is called a cooperative sensor target. It will be displayed in a different symbol.


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