Small or local airports are a life-line for a local economy, however they cannot always afford to operate a control tower around the clock. SESAR’s remote tower services offer the means to provide air traffic services in a cost-efficient way to such airports, as well as non-towered ones.
By installing sensors (mainly video cameras) around the airfield, the operator can monitor activity such as runway occupancy, weather, and visibility in real time. Data is relayed back to a remote control centre where a qualified operator is on hand to provide aerodrome flight information services (AFIS) or air traffic control services for arrivals and departures. With access to a range of visual, audio, and meteorological data, the remote facility can provide services which may not be available onsite around the clock.
SJU references: #71/Release 3
- Increased cost efficiency
- Increased accessibility to and support for regional economies