Aubrey Thompson has been appointed as chariman of Aveillant – the three-dimensional radar technology company – following a recent £6 million additional investment in the company.
Edinburgh-based Thompson is also currently non-executive chairman at Cyberhawk, the Livingston-based airborne-drone inspection company, and a non-executive director at ADUS Deep Ocean – based in St Andrews – which specialises in 3D subsea visualisations.
David Crisp, Chief Executive, Aveillant, said: “Aubrey brings enormous experience that will help us grow and extend our operations – especially in Scotland with its massive commitment to wind power. We recently raised £6 million to accelerate the deployment of our radar systems and Aubrey will play a key role in this next stage of our development.”
Meanwhile, Availlant’s Holographic Radar is now available as a fully scalable system, covering up to 360 degrees of airspace at ranges of up to 40 nautical miles.
The first demonstration of the system will be this autumn, operating over an offshore wind farm where it will provide the same high level of detection as shown during trials at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
The demonstrations were attended by representatives from Scottish Government, DECC, Civil Aviation Authority, Coventry Airport, Prestwick Airport, E.ON and Scottish Power.
Anne Mackenzie, Aviation Manager, Scottish Power Renewables, said: “The Aveillant demonstration at Prestwick showed a radar screen clear of wind turbine effects but clearly showing aircraft transiting the infilled airspace. The infill patches were integrated seamlessly into the ATC display.
“It is very exciting that technologies are now coming to technological maturity which can deliver these results. It provides hope that aviation objections to wind farms can now be consigned to history.”
This extension to the product range means that Holographic Radar can be configured either as a short- to medium-range deployable unit or as a wind farm tolerant PSR based at an airport.
The 3D nature of Holographic Radar™ also means that the data feed can be integrated with systems at multiple locations as slant range errors are removed. As well as being deployed to mitigate wind farm turbine interference, Holographic Radar™ is designed to be available as a subsystem that can be integrated into other surveillance systems or products.