Communication in the airport and marine sectors

Communication in the airport and marine sectors

In the maritime and aerospace industries, being able to communicate effectively and prevent intercultural misunderstandings can mean the difference between life and death. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are now numerous devices and systems available which help the airport and marine sectors communicate effectively. Let’s take a closer look at some of these technologies below.


UHF/VHF radio communication


Very high frequency (VHF) is commonly used for two-way land mobile radio systems, marine commutations and long-range data communication. Including waves from 30 MHz to 300 MHz, VHF frequencies are less likely to be interrupted by issues with electrical equipment, atmospheric noise and other interferences, making them suitable for professional applications. UHF, on the other hand, is much shorter in length than VHF but greater bandwidth occupation is permitted.


UHF radio waves generally only go as far as line of sight and anything in the way will interfere with the frequency, such as trees or buildings. However, UHF radio signals are still used in many facets of aerospace and marine work, including satellite, GPS and Bluetooth communication.


Voice communication control systems (VCCS)


VCCS connects various voice communication systems used for air traffic control, including VHF, phone and other ATC communications. This state-of-the-art technology is also used to support radio communications between air traffic controllers and aircraft.




As the aviation sector continues to expand, it is essential that air navigation service providers (ANSPs) share up-to-date and accurate information. For decades, the aeronautical fixed telecommunications network (AFTN) has played a vital role in allowing ANSPs to exchange messages which ensure safe air travel. However, the limited communication capacity and outdated technology of AFTN make it much more difficult to meet the needs of a growing sector. This is where SWIM, or system-wide information management, comes in. Designed to promote the standardisation of ATM information, it ensures aeronautical and meteorological information such as flight plans, weather bulletins and notices to airmen (NOTAMs) are shared more effectively between airlines, meteorology service providers and airport operations centres.


Marine RADARs


Recent developments in marine radar technology have led to improvements in the performance of radar processors and antenna units. Utilised in a variety of applications, including naval surveillance, secure navigation and oil spill detection, radar technology is essential in an environment like the ocean that is unpredictable. Even slight changes in conditions can happen instantly and with very little prior warning, so a reliable marine radar system is essential for ensuring everyone’s safety.


Oil spill radar sensors, in particular, can help to detect and monitor oil spills on the sea surface. Using a combination of horizontal resolution and low detection limits, these systems are now at the forefront of oil spill recovery operations.


Communication technology from Bayanat Engineering Qatar


Bayanat Engineering specialises in a range of communication systems for the aerospace and marine sectors. As well as the technologies mentioned above, our solutions also include transmitters, receivers, base stations, handheld radios, airbands, air-to-ground equipment, legal recorder systems and much more. To find out more about any of our solutions, please contact us today.