19 FEBRUARY 2018
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Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the German air navigation service provider, has successfully completed onsite testing of the Frequentis Remote Virtual Tower solution for Saarbücken Airport, with control services provided 400km away.
Saarbrücken Airport has approximately 15,000 aircraft movements per year.
In October 2017, DFS conducted rigorous testing of the remote tower solution developed by Frequentis. The two-week testing phase included formal test verifications as well as free tests with a multi-day flight programme in various weather conditions.
The Frequentis solution consists of high-performance infrared and visual cameras, a newly designed controller working position in the Remote Tower Centre in Leipzig, developed in close cooperation with air traffic controllers, and a secure network connection ensuring safe and reliable communications. This is an important milestone on the way towards the go-live of the solution.
“Remotely controlled towers are a hot topic in air traffic management – both the concept of providing aerodrome control services from any location and the ability to control several airports from a centralised location. We are now ready to take the next steps with the airports in Erfurt and Dresden,” said Robert Schickling, managing director operations at DFS.
In the UK, NATS is working with London City Airport for a remote tower operation for installation later this year. (see BTN 22 May 2017)
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