Biral launches three new sensors for aviation applications
Biral has extended its SWS range to meet the budget expectations of many regional airports across the globe, and upgraded the successful ALS ambient light sensor. The new products are:
The new SWS-050 VISIBILITY SENSOR
With a measurement range of 10 metres to 40 kilometres the sensor is ideal for use in aviation applications, particularly for end of runway use.
Constructed from robust aluminium and finished with a high quality powder coating, the sensor will give many years of reliable service. Featured as standard is heating of the optical windows and sensor hoods, permitting use in the harshest conditions. Both optical windows are monitored for contamination and visibility output is automatically compensated to reduce maintenance requirements. An ambient light sensor can also be easily integrated with the SWS-050 sensor making it an excellent choice for aviation applications where both RVR and METAR data is needed. An optional calibration kit is available, which allows calibration in the field to be carried out simply and quickly.
Introduced as part of the same range, the new Biral SWS-250 incorporates a back scatter receiver to form a visibility and present weather sensor.
The enhanced present weather information from the SWS-250 is due to the back scatter receiver which allows detailed precipitation analysis and the use of algorithms developed for Biral’s flagship VPF-750 present weather sensor.
The new ALS-2 AMBIENT LIGHT SENSOR
Also on show at ATC Global for the first time is the new Biral ALS-2, an ambient light sensor designed for use in ICAO compliant RVR (runway visual range) systems.
The ALS-2 sensor is a significantly upgraded version of Biral’s original ALS and is designed to Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) requirements. There are options of serial or analogue output and the ability to be used stand-alone or integrated with a Biral visibility / present weather sensor.
Power for the ALS-2 is taken from the visibility / present weather sensor with which it is integrating. The 0 to 40,000 Cd/m² light reading is directly available in the sensor data message and the extensive self-test features of the ALS-2 can also be accessed via the serial interface.