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Discussion in 'Airports & FBO's' started by Jet News, Dec 20, 2018.

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    The first Virtual control tower has gone into service in the UK. It is located at the Cranfield University airfield in Bedfordshire. The virtual tower was officially opened and commemorated by the UK Aviation Minister, Baroness Liz Sugg on December 13th. Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions installed Cranfield’s new tower in a jointly funded partnership with the university. Implementation has been swift: the contract was signed in October 2017, with construction beginning in March. Completion of the installation permitted air traffic control officers (ATCOs) to 'shadow' the operations of the existing traditional visual tower for six weeks while Saab technicians fine-tuned the system.

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    If this is widely successful we could be seeing more of this kind of thing being rolled out.

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    It is not just the UK that is working on Digital tower technology. Changi Airport in Singapore has also gotten in the fray with this kind of technology and they are presently trialing it. There are approximately 116 cameras involved in Changi Airport's smart digital tower trial. It is a 22-month project by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and if proven to be successful during the trial period it could change how traditional Control Towers work.

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    Jersey Airport tower is backed by a remote virtual control tower system. It has been under trials since the end of last year but it doesn't appear that they want to utilize it as a stand alone facility. It is more for a back up and secondary facility in case something happens to the main tower. The remote tower is what they call a 'contingency' facility for times when the airport's control tower is unavailable for whatever reason more in line with an emergency situation or security situation. Frequentis is the developer behind the remote control tower and the below photo is by them.

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