Conventional control towers are expensive to operate and maintain, and even at a medium-sized airport can become too costly if the number of flights is insufficient to cover the running costs. SESAR’s remote tower services offer the possibility to enhance safety and efficiency at airports where it is too expensive to build, maintain and staff conventional tower facilities and services. The solution is already deployed at small airports, and is under test at medium-sized airports.
Providing air traffic control services from a remote location can spread staffing costs, improve service continuity with the option to extend hours of service, and share training and support costs. The out-of-the-window view from the tower can be captured and reproduced at a remote facility where controllers can access all the information usually found in the tower. The visual reproduction can also be overlaid with information from additional sources and enhanced through technology for use in all visibility conditions. In addition, the controllers have access to all the necessary remote controls, including communications, lighting, flight data, and meteorological information.
SJU references: #12/Release 5
• Increased cost effectiveness