Airports switch to “virtual” control towers

THE 67-metre-tall control tower that opened at San Francisco International Airport in October is a stylish structure that cost $120m. It is supposed to resemble a beacon of the sort used in ancient times to guide ships safely to harbour. Those in the know might be forgiven for wondering if the new control tower is less a beacon than a white elephant. Elsewhere, airport managers are starting to abandon the panopticons that have dominated airfields for decades in favour of remote-controlled versions that promise to be cheaper and safer. Instead, they are housed in ordinary low-rise buildings, in some cases hundreds of kilometres away from the facility they are monitoring. These remote control towers receive a live video feed from cameras positioned around an airfield. The images are stitched together by computer and displayed on screens (as pictured above) to create a virtual view of the runways and taxiways being monitored. In some cases the screens surround the air-traffic...

Airports switch to “virtual” control towers

THE 67-metre-tall control tower that opened at San Francisco International Airport in October is a stylish structure that cost $120m. It is supposed to resemble a beacon of the sort used ...

Thu 25 May 17 from The Economist

London airport to use 'digital' air traffic control tower

London City Airport will be the first in the UK to replace a traditional air traffic control tower with a "digital" one. A new, 50-metre tower will be built in the middle ...

Fri 19 May 17 from Engadget

London City Airport's flights to be controlled from 70 miles away

LONDON (Reuters) - If you fly into London City in two years' time, air traffic controllers won't see your plane through a window but will guide it down from screens 70 miles away as the airport ...

Fri 19 May 17 from Reuters Technology

London City first in UK to get remote air traffic control

London City Airport flights will be directed by controllers using a remote system 80 miles away.

Fri 19 May 17 from BBC Technology

London City Airport to introduce UK’s first digital air traffic control tower

London City Airport is to replace its existing 30 year-old control tower with an advanced digital system that will be controlled remotely from a new base. The airport will become the first in ...

Tue 23 May 17 from The Engineer

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