LatAm should explore remote air traffic control - expert

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, June 08, 2016
LatAm should explore remote air traffic control - expert

One of the innovative solutions Latin American countries should be using in the near future is the implementation of remote control air traffic control towers at airports, air traffic management (ATM) specialist Joël Morin told BNamericas.

"We support the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) module which involves remote air traffic services," said Morin, who is the head of ATM Harmonizing and Global Policy for International Air Transport Association (IATA).

ASBU is aimed at providing safe and cost-effective air traffic services from a remote facility to one or more aerodromes where dedicated, local, air traffic service is no longer sustainable or cost-effective, he said. This could be implemented full time or used on a contingency basis, Morin added.

Airport operators need to be aware that ASBU depends on enhanced situational awareness of the aerodrome under remote control, the executive noted.

Joël Morin (CREDIT: IATA).

"Besides being more cost-effective than constructing and maintaining various physical air traffic control towers, this solution enables a more flexible provision of air traffic services during peak times and slow periods," air traffic control executive Sergio Martins told BNamericas during an interview earlier this year.

Latin America still lacks when it comes to innovative airport infrastructure but we are fully committed to changing the scope of things in the region, said Martins, who is the Latin America director of the air traffic control division of Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab.

The company has already deployed, commissioned and launched such services, namely Saab's r-TWR remote control centers in Sundsvall Sweden.

Sergio Martins (CREDIT: Saab ATM).

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