Jul 5, 2017: Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions AB and Storuman Municipality signed a letter of intent regarding the establishment of the world's first Remote Tower Centre for smaller regional airports (AFIS).
Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions and Storuman Municipality will start a feasibility study aimed at establishing a ”Remote AFIS Centre” for remote tower services and digital air traffic control services for smaller regional airports. The development of the technology and methodology will primarily be carried out at Hemavan Tärnaby Airport, Sweden with the aim of expanding the dialogue to several other airports.
"Interest is growing in digital air traffic solutions for all types of airports owing to requirements for increased safety, greater flexibility and reduced costs. Storuman Municipality is a good partner with solid conditions for establishing the world's first Remote AFIS Centre," says Johan Klintberg, CEO of Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions.
Remote tower services help airports to create improved conditions in order to make sure that many municipalities have access to infrastructure, which benefits regional development and permits for a vivacious economy across Sweden. Remote tower services and the digital technology also follow societal growth and create flexible, effective and safe aviation services.
"It pleases me that Storuman Municipality is an important resource in developing solutions for regional airports. We consider this to be a strategic investment in which we, together with other airports, are able to contribute to societal development. At the same time, we recognise that this is of great benefit to our own airport, Hemavan Tärnaby Airport," says Tomas Mörtsell, Chair of Storuman Municipal Council.
Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions is jointly-owned by Saab and LFV. By combining LFV's exclusive operational experience with Saab's technical solutions, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions is able to offer an entire process from planning and implementation to the administration of remote tower services.
London City Airport and NATS have chosen Saab as the technology provider for a test installation to remotely control London City Airport. Successful test installations have also been implemented in Australia, the USA, the Netherlands, Norway and Ireland in different environments and at various distances.