Guide to… Remote Digital Towers

With air traffic set to double over the next 20 years, airport operations are becoming stretched and airports are turning to technology to ensure efficiency isn’t affected. Drawing upon the knowledge of regulators, airports and ANSPs, International Airport Review’s Guide To… Remote Digital Towers will reveal the benefits of one of the most exciting developments in recent airport history and how airports can use remote towers to change the face of air traffic management.

Guide to remote digital towers
    Following a multi-million pound investment, London City is on the verge of replacing its air traffic control tower with a remotely-operated digital alternative, blazing the trail for UK airports by implementing the cutting-edge technology under Europe’s busiest sky. Chief Operating Officer, Alison FitzGerald, reveals the plans and how the deployment will enhance the safety and efficiency of operations.
    Hungarian air navigation service provider – HungaroControl – is leading the way in the deployment of remote tower technology at scale to deliver next generation tower operations, demonstrating the concept’s extensibility to serve even the most complex of operations. Daniel McLeod, Key Account Manager at HungaroControl, reveals the company’s remote tower solution and the benefits of this technology to the wider airport industry.
    In a matter of years, remote tower technology has re-written the rulebook on air traffic control. Initially conceived as a smart, safe and sustainable solution for airports with very low traffic density, remote towers are now becoming a reality at airports with significantly higher traffic movements, says Florian Guillermet, Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking. In this article he recalls some of the key developments in SESAR that spurred this new era in air traffic management, and details how this revolutionary technology is being researched for implementation in other airport environments.
    December 2019 will see the opening of Scandinavian Mountains Airport – the world’s first new airport to be built without a traditional tower. The airport will instead use remote tower services based at Sundsvall Timrå Airport, approximately 350km to the east. Brett Weihart, CEO of Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB, reveals why this was a logical choice.
    NATS is the leading air navigation service provider in the UK, operating under licence by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and providing services in over 30 countries internationally. Offering a range of solutions that use innovation to help customers maintain performance, NATS’s reputation has been built on delivering a first rate, safe and efficient service. Andy Taylor, Chief Solution Officer – Digital Towers at NATS, reveals how ATM services are being transformed through digital towers.

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