Remotely-operated towers: a unique solution for air traffic control

LFV and Saab have together developed an operative and technical solution for remote tower services which culminates in the first facility in the world being granted a licence for operations. This is a pioneering, Swedish-developed product for remote air traffic management, ready for launch in the first quarter of 2014.

“This is totally new and ground-breaking technology within the industry. Remote Tower Services gives LFV the opportunity to both securely deliver services and reduce costs for our customers,” explains Marketing Manager, Niclas Gustavsson.

“Interest has been phenomenal. This week we will demonstrate the system to potential interested parties from 25 different countries. Saab has successfully created an entirely new global market for remote tower services which doesn’t pose technical issues anymore but is rather a question of implementation,” says Per Ahl, Marketing Manager Air Traffic Management.

Rather than looking through the window at the aircraft, you see them on the screen. Cameras and sensors are strategically placed at the airport and everything they register is linked in real time to air traffic control and projected on 360 degree screens. At air traffic control, the air traffic controller controls and steers air traffic just like in the tower.

The technology is now ready to be launched operationally in Sundsvall where the air traffic control centre is located and Örnsköldsvik Airport. The Swedish Transport Agency aims to grant the licence for operations during January. Örnsköldsvik will be the first airport in the world to be controlled from a distance.

Source / Author: Saab

Photo: Saab