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HERNDON, Va., Oct. 1, 2012 – The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has entered into an agreement with ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) to upgrade its noise and flight tracking systems with Symphony® EnvironmentalVue Virtual Noise Monitors (VNMs) and a real-time NextGen data feed. These Exelis products leverage comprehensive noise and surveillance data to help airports track and address aircraft noise levels in the surrounding communities more effectively.

VNMs allow airport operators to use the same prediction model used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to calculate aircraft noise over residential areas. They have been added to GOAA’s existing Exelis AirScene.com Noise and Operations Monitoring System (NOMS) solution.

Unlike physical noise monitors that capture all sources of noise, including ground traffic, a VNM calculates aircraft-only noise values. The system is helping GOAA to develop procedures to mitigate community noise within safety and operational requirements in the vicinity of Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports. GOAA is responsible for the operation of both airports.

The NextGen data feed is replacing the single terminal radar feed at GOAA. The feed fuses multiple existing FAA surveillance sources with data derived from the U.S. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) network being deployed by Exelis. The FAA’s surveillance sources include terminal and en route radar, Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X, (ASDE-X) and wide-area multi-lateration. The NextGen surveillance feed produces geo-referenced flight tracks with higher update rates and fidelity than a single conventional radar. 

“These enhancements to our Noise and Operations Monitoring System affirm our commitment to being a good neighbor to the community,” said Cyrus T. Callum, GOAA’s assistant director of operations. “We will use this tracking data to further enhance our noise abatement procedures for the benefit of the communities that surround our airport system, while promoting the economic benefits of air commerce and tourism to the Orlando area.”

 “This latest enhancement to GOAA’s AirScene.com NOMS advances the Authority’s goals of being a leader among U.S. airports,” said Ted Carniol, principal of Commercial Aviation Solutions at ITT Exelis Information Systems​. “It is a testament to the dedication of the all-volunteer Aviation Noise Abatement Committee, in cooperation with GOAA, to continually enhance its investments in aircraft noise and flight tracking monitoring.” 

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About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion. www.exelisinc.com 

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