Accipiter Avian Radar at JFK International
Jim With Radar
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Inside Avian Radar Trailer
FOD Testing Grid
FOD Testing with Clipboard
FOD Walk at Changi International Airport
Trex FOD Finder at Chicago O'hare
Chicago O'Hare international Airport
Avian Radar Testing at Skagit Wildlife Reserve
Stratech iFerret FOD Detection System
FOD Testing at dusk at O'Hare

SEA Airport


In 2003 CEAT began interacting with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, supporting GIS development and digitizing airport wildlife reports. As the ASMP expanded into avian radar performance assessments, SEA agreed to be the initial partner in avian radar system deployment. 

In March of 2007 an Accipiter AR-2 radar system was installed on the roof of the new SEA Administration and Terminal building. The roof radar installation consisted of two radar units equipped with 4 degree parabolic dish antennas centered at 4 and 8 degrees, providing coverage from 2 to 10 degrees above horizon.  Following initial trials, the radar became fully operational in July 2007. That operational system included a Google Earth interface to observe radar target tracking in real time. 

In May of 2008 an AR-1 was deployed at SEA, equipped with an array antenna to provide coverage from ground to 11 degrees above horizon. The AR-2 radars operated continuously at SEA from July 2007 until April 2012, when the 8 degree AR-2 radar was converted to another AR-1 system at ground level to the North West of the original AR-2 location.  The remaining 4 degree rooftop was decomissioned in 2013. 

The radars were instrumental in verifying the utility of storm water best management practices, showing that detention basin mitigation designs did not attract wildlife. In addition to the surveillance role these radars play at SEA , the radars have been used in validation studies. SEA personnel have coordinated a number of special studies such as the use of radio controlled helicopters, equipped with GIS units, as radar targets. Helicopter studies have been supplemented by fixed wing aircraft flying patterns typical of soaring birds, and in late 2009 a Robo-Falcon, used in airport wildlife control, was used as part of ongoing validation studies. The Port of Seattle and SEA Wildlife Managers have been instrumental in supporting CEAT's efforts in reporting on radar deployment and the development of concepts of operations.