Page 31 - ATC Special Bulletin Series - Remote and Digital Towers 2023-01
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| REMOTE & DIGITAL TOWERS | ADVERTORIAL | This is where the concept of the Remote Tower Centre (RTC) comes in. An RTC is often located away from the airport, allowing it to remotely manage the ATC of different airports. This enables an easy centralisation of ATC services, with a unified set of tools and a better competence build-up of ATCOs. This then equips them with new skills, including how to work with new state-of-the-art equipment and understand how to manage airports remotely. Leading ANSPs adapt the Remote Tower Centre Concept Another example comes from DFS Aviation Services GmbH (DAS), a subsidiary of the German ANSP DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, establishing a RTC in the German state of Niedersachsen. The new control centre will begin operations at the Braunschweig airport site in mid-2024. Moving forward, air navigation services for both the airports of Braunschweig- Wolfsburg (ATC) and Emden (AFIS) will be provided from the new RTC at the Braunschweig site, becoming the second such centre in Germany. In the long term, other regional airports will be integrated into the RTC to adopt the RTC approach and further optimise the costs of providing ATC services. French ANSP Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) selected Frequentis to supply its state-of-the-art RDT solution in France in early 2022. The RTC with several single remote tower controller working positions (CWP’s) will be located in Toulouse, which will firstly manage air traffic for Tours Val De Loire Airport over 500 km away. The RDT solution will allow this airport to preserve passenger traffic and ultimately to increase it. The solution will include on-site video technology with view enhancements using several overlays to have a full 3D look at the airport. This will include central equipment in the RTC in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport with several working positions, and a test system for training. A further four additional tower operations will be implemented in the same centre in the future. The centre will allow DSNA to deal with higher traffic growth whilst at the same time increase its overall operational efficiency. In Denmark, Naviair, the Danish ANSP selected the integrated tower and approach solution from Frequentis DFS Aerosense to manage the increase in airspace demand and support the workload of ATCOs. The initial remote tower centre at Billund airport will house the system, which is a combination of an RDT, and an approach automation solution (PRISMA APP). The intention is to provide central ATC services to other regional airports instead of locally from individual airports. This will be 31 | 

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