OCAS Approved in Sweden
Transportstyrelsen in Sweden (The Swedish Transport Agency) has for the first time approved the use of radar technology to control aviation obstacle lights. The approval to use OCAS (Obstacle Collision Avoidance System) is related to a wind farm in Southern Sweden. The OCAS solution, based on advanced 3D radar technology, allows the wind farm to keep the obstacle lights turned off unless aircraft are operating in the area. This reduces the visual impact of the wind farm on its neighbours and environment, while upholding maximum aviation safety.
Shahzad Abid, CEO of OCAS AS, said “The approval from Transportstyrelsen to use the OCAS solution is an important breakthrough for us. This shows that the need for a solution, which can turn on the obstacle lights only when required, is important in Sweden. Furthermore it is encouraging in our relentless work on a global level, to reduce the visual impact of wind farms, and increase aviation safety.”
For further details please contact: Shahzad Abid, CEO OCAS, Tel :+ 47 9059 9978
OCAS is an innovative radar-based solution that eliminates light pollution and reduces the visual impact of wind farms on its neighbours and immediate environment. Using a highly sophisticated 3D radar, OCAS keeps the obstacle warning lights of wind turbines turned off, unless an aircraft is on a dangerous path towards the park. Wind developers benefit from using OCAS through shorter permitting time, increased energy production, easier acceptance by local communities, and increased probability for project realizations.
OCAS AS is a Norwegian company, headquartered in Oslo, with wholly owned subsidiaries in the US (OCAS Inc), in Sweden (OCAS AB), and an office in Germany. The company has a team of 26 highly qualified employees with core competence in radar technology, aviation, and regulatory requirements related to obstacle marking. More than 60 OCAS systems are installed and running since 2006, with over one million operational hours. The system is to date approved by aviation authorities in Norway, Canada, USA, and Sweden.