Remote tower initiatives in Sweden and the British Isles reached significant milestones on 20 May.
Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) stated that it has been officially certified by the Swedish Transport Agency as a provider of air traffic services; and Ports of Jersey announced that it has obtained approval for operational use of its Frequentis digital remote tower technology.
The certification in Sweden enables SDATS (a joint venture between Saab and air navigation service provider LFV) to provide digital air traffic services in the European Union. Shortly before the announcement, SDATS President Johan Klintberg told Jane’s that the company “will be the world’s first digital ANSP”.
SDATS will be able to apply its second-generation digital tower operational concept for controlling traffic at multiple airports from a single centre, with new features such as unmanned aerial vehicle detection and management. It will control four airports (Örnsköldsvik, Sundsvall, Linköping, and Scandinavian Mountains in Sälen) from its initial facility in Sundsvall by the end of 2019, and LFV is building a second remote tower centre at Stockholm Arlanda, to manage traffic at 12 airports for Swedavia if certified by the Swedish Transport Agency.
Jersey Airport in the Channel Islands became the first in the British Isles to be approved to manage air traffic with a digital remote tower. The Frequentis solution was installed by airport operator Ports of Jersey, with project management support from Systems Interface. A network of 13 cameras delivers a 240-degree view of the airfield, which is fed into a remote tower working position in a contingency operations centre near Jersey Airport.
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