The need for remote tower systems is increasing. Many small airports are no longer manned 24-7, and remote systems has become a necessity.
So, how can this be a safe solution?
Well, let’s first take a look at the reason for a remote tower system. Many airports have long periods of time with very little traffic, variations in traffic volume during the day. At the same time, several companies operate their own information service. As an example, helicopters to the offshore installations in the North Sea are likely to have their information service operated by the companies themselves. Here too, the amount of traffic varies throughout the day and week. There are airports all over the world with limited traffic, many of which can, – and often already are benefiting from remotely operated tower systems.
Safety in remote tower systems
Everything within aviation is submitted to strict safety regulations. Therefore, the technologies used for remote towers, involve several parameters that provide tower staff with more information than they currently have in traditional towers. This also means that remote towers will be used only when it is significantly proven that the solution incurs safety levels equivalent to or better than the solution used at the current time.
Even though nobody is physically present in the tower, video screens are showing the view from the tower to the personnel in charge. This means that controller can be based in a location, but can control several airports at other locations simultaneously. Indra Navia has extensive experience with remote towers, with the InNOVA Air Traffic Management System being an important aspect of this.
The remote tower systems are proven to be very cost efficient compared to traditional systems. Therefore, we are quite likely to be seeing a lot more of these systems in the future. Indra Navia will continue to be at the peak of technology on remote tower systems.