A remotely controlled ATC tower constructed by Saab for Norway’s Avinor air navigation service has passed the site acceptance tests that will eventually allow for a smoother fit into the Sesar air traffic management system, Europe’s version of NextGen, once final testing of the facility’s operations is completed.
The remote tower (r-TWR), designed for Værøy, a low-traffic heliport, will allow air traffic controllers in another location to see all of the airfield’s operations on multiple high-definition displays via a number of high-resolution video, audio and other sensors. The remotely located air traffic controllers have complete control over all sensors and airfield lighting, along with integrated flight data, electronic flight strips and other ATC tools.
In addition, Saab is testing an infrared camera at Værøy to determine its real life benefits in poor weather and night operations.
The Værøy facility is the second Saab r-TWR system to pass site acceptance testing. The first was built for Sundsvall and Örnsköldsvik Airports in Sweden for Swedish air traffic management agency LFV.