A New Lightning Alert System for Ninoy Aquino Airport in Manila

  • Mar 11, 2021


Weather impacts airport operations every day. It is important that airports get ahead of the storm with advanced weather tracking, alerting, and forecasting solutions. As with many tropical and maritime regions, the Philippines is often affected by fast-moving storm systems, highlighting the importance of protecting crew, passengers, and assets from the dangers of severe weather.

Earth Networks recently completed the deployment of a new lightning detection and airport alerting safety solution for Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).


The video below shows Earth Networks Lightning Warning System at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


A new lightning alerting system for Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is now operational at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Earth Networks’ regional partner, West Point Engineering Supplies, assisted with the installation, training, and support for the innovative new lightning early warning system.

What are the benefits of an Earth Networks lightning alert system?

The lightning early warning system alerts airport ground operators when severe weather and lightning threats have the potential to affect operations, ground crews, fueling, and aircraft.

How can airports use Earth Networks’ lightning solutions to optimize operations?

This ground-breaking new automated safety system is now in operation at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at all four passenger terminals and consists of 14  Sferic Siren lightning warning systems, with both audible and visual alerts that activate when lightning approaches a pre-defined radius around the aerodrome.

A countdown clock shows alert status and time to all clear, enabling the easy stop and restart of ramp activities.

This innovative technology is connected to the nationwide weather and lightning detection network that Earth Networks completed for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in 2019.

How do lightning alert systems benefit the aviation industry?

When there is a ramp closure due to weather, all aspects of airport operations are affected, including landside, airside, and terminal. This new safety system  enables MIAA to ensure the safety of their employees, passengers, and stakeholders, all while improving operations by minimizing downtime and delays caused by lightning.

Earth Networks’ lightning detection and alert systems protect airport patrons and ensure safe and efficient airport operations with weather monitoring, alerting, and forecasting.

  • Reduce crew and passenger injuries from lightning and severe weather

  • Ensure operational continuity with automated alerting and countdown clocks

  • Avoid aircraft damage from hail and lightning strikes

  • Minimize false alarms that slow operations and cause unnecessary disruption

  • Improve on-time performance with real-time weather data

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How is MIAA using our lightning alert system with Sferic Maps?

The solar-powered alerting systems warn both ground crew working outdoors with a loud horn and bright strobe, and airport operations personnel in the MIAA Command Center when unsafe conditions are threatening ground operations.

Real-time lightning and incoming severe weather are visible on a desktop and mobile alerting dashboard, Sferic Maps, pictured below.

A high definition pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera rounds out the solution providing visual confirmation of arriving and departing aircraft on the runways, aprons, and taxiways.

About Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila

MIAA operates the Philippines’ largest airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, which prior to the pandemic handled more than 45 million passengers per day and more than 120,000 domestic and international flights per month. Additional systems are expected to be installed in and around the 6.25 km2 airport in the coming months.

We’d like to give a warm welcome to Ninoy Aquino International Airport which joins more than 100 airports around the world that rely upon Earth Networks for severe weather monitoring and alerting.

Stay tuned for more updates on our Earth Networks’ lightning alert systems and our involvement with MIAA.

Questions? Leave them in the comments below and stay safe!