View Full Version : Dark-coloured aircraft can thwart docking systems: EASA

22nd Jul 2018, 21:31
Europe's safety authority is cautioning operators that dark liveries can potentially result in parking collisions because visual-docking systems might not be able to recognise the manoeuvring aircraft.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a bulletin advising airport operators that advanced docking and guidance systems could fail to identify an arriving aircraft.

Its advisory follows a recent probe into a collision in which a parking aircraft's engine struck the passenger airbridge.

The carrier involved in the collision not named by EASA had encountered similar problems owing the "dark colour" of the aircraft, says the authority, and that such occurrences had happened elsewhere in the world.

EASA says these events appear to involve more than one type of visual docking-guidance system.

Mitigating operational procedures have been put in place at some locations. "However, there have been cases, where the personnel involved in the docking procedure were not always informed of the already-established mitigating measures," says EASA.

"Moreover, there seem to be cases of aerodrome operators and competent authorities that are not aware of this issue."

EASA is recommending that airport operators determine whether their docking system could potentially suffer identification problems as a result of aircraft colour, and ensure that operational procedures to cope with malfunction are clearly communicated to all personnel.

From Flight Global

22nd Jul 2018, 21:41
And they want to fully automate the cockpit !!!!!

Max Angle
22nd Jul 2018, 22:38
Good reason to go back the nice old fashioned parallax or side marker systems, easier to use, probably cheaper and don't care what colour
the aircraft is.

22nd Jul 2018, 22:57
Old news, sure there is a thread on here somewhere.

23rd Jul 2018, 17:03
It is old news. And metallic paint finish also seems to flumux some laser based systems too.

23rd Jul 2018, 18:15
Bring back the Mirrors! never had a problem with those....

24th Jul 2018, 02:42
There have been similar problems with optical systems designed to sense people with the predictable media spin:


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