April 2019, Budapest – Air Traffic Management (ATM) experts from around the world gathered at HungaroControl’s headquarters in Budapest to experience a passive shadow validation for multiple remote tower technology carried out in collaboration with Frequentis. Participants got to see first-hand the passive management of three airports simultaneously in real time.
Remote towers are already a reality for leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) across the world. This operating concept is at the forefront of ATM service provision, however the benefit envelope continues to be expanded by the multi-remote tower concept, where an air traffic controller can provide services to multiple aerodromes. Under this expanded concept, service providers can begin to truly harvest the cost-efficiency, flexibility and operational resilience benefits that are offered with a remote tower capability. The PJ05 project of SESAR is bringing this expanded concept to a higher level of maturity through an eco-system of strong industry partnerships, including ANSPs, technology suppliers, research & development organisations, and airport stakeholders.
The first multi-remote validation using Frequentis’ system took place in DLR’s (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) simulator in Braunschweig, Germany, in November 2017 and 2018. This formative simulation looked at how a single air traffic controller could control three airports simultaneously in a Multi-Remote Tower Module (MRTM); three Hungarian airports were used as the scenario environments for the simulation (i.e. Budapest Airport, Pápa Military Airbase, and Debrecen Airport).
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