Remote control

Remote control
The virtual control room in Dublin that allows air traffic control operators direct flights into Cork remotely.

The Irish Aviation Authority has been shortlisted for a prestigious IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2017 in the category of ‘Enabling Technology Award - for contribution to enhanced capacity and safety’, along with the daa and Stobart Air for the success of its recent Remote Tower trials. Winners and shortlisted nominees for the awards will be recognised at a ceremony on 7 March, held during the World ATM Congress in Madrid.

The IAA has successfully completed operational trials on remote tower technology. In 2016, the IAA, along with a consortium of stakeholders, validated the SESAR JU concept of remote tower technology through a series of operational trials (based on over 50 demonstrations). These highly successful trials built upon the experience of single remote tower operations and validated the capability for single air traffic controller operation of multiple remote towers.

Peter Kearney, Director of ATM Operations and Strategy, IAA said, “Following these trials, we firmly believe that tower services at multiple airports can be safely provided by a single air traffic controller remotely. With carefully designed procedures, it will almost certainly be possible to allow one controller to simultaneously provide ATM services for more than one low volume aerodrome. This would be subject, of course, to the successful completion of safety assessments, regulatory approval and appropriate stakeholder consultation.” He added that, “The IAA has a strong tradition of being innovative to deliver cost efficiency, improved safety and higher productivity levels. With this in mind, we are delighted with the outcome of our recent Remote Tower technology trials. We believe this work represents the world’s first trial of multiple tower remote operation’s by a single air traffic controller.”

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