IAA Website - Monday, January 30, 2023 7:01 PM

As a part of SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) funding, the IAA was successful in a grant award for funding for remote tower demonstration.

Remotely operated towers offer significant potential to assist air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to reduce and control their costs in line with airline and European Commission expectations without negatively impacting on safety and/or service delivery. This potential is greatest at smaller, less busy regional airports where the volume of traffic is likely to be insufficient to cover the costs of service provision at a user charge that is sustainable from the customers’ perspective. Furthermore, remotely operated towers may also provide a solution for busier airports in terms of effectively managing operations at night time and other periods of low traffic. The potential of remotely operated towers will, however, only be realised if safety and operational reliability are guaranteed. To this end, early regulatory approval in Europe is required.

The IAA is delivering this project in partnership with the Dublin Airport Authority and Stobart Air. The project has been co-funded by the SJU as part of the SESAR programme. The aim of this project is to provide Air Movements Control (AMC) and Surface Movement Control (SMC) for Cork and Shannon airports remotely from the Dublin Air Traffic Control Centre. This will allow the IAA to improve the already safe and efficient service provided to these aerodromes, but on a sound economic basis.

A number of trials successfully commenced in June 2016, using SAAB engineered remote tower technology to provide air traffic control services for Cork and Shannon airports from Dublin. 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.

To learn more about this new technology watch the short video below: