Remote Tower Operations: Staffed/Automated Airport Technology

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Bringing Increased Safety to Airports Through 24/7 Surveillance Technology Distributed Over the FTI Network Infrastructure

The Harris Remote Tower can provide both voice and surveillance data from previously uncontrolled/unmonitored airspace and airport surfaces to controllers located at existing controlled facilities allowing monitored approaches to be flown to previously uncontrolled airports.

The Remote Tower Operations take advantage of the FAA Next Generation Aviation technology development such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology and VoIP radios. Using ADS-B technology and VoIP radios, the Harris Remote Tower can relay pilot/controller voice communication and aircraft position to existing control facilities using radios or secure landlines. With Remote Towers, the need for clearance delivery in-flight is negated.

Opening the Window to Next Generation Services at Uncontrolled Airports

The three key features of Harris Remote Tower solution include:

  • Increased Safety:

    • Controllers will be able to monitor IFR traffic throughout the entire approach and landing at previously uncontrolled airports

    • Minimizes the risk of mixing uncontrolled VFR and approaching IFR aircraft

  • Reduced Fuel Consumption:

    • Remote controllers can close IFR flight plans upon visual landing conformation using cameras, and clear the next aircraft for approach

    • Minimizes aircraft delay while waiting for approach and clearance

  • Reduced Cost:

    • System utilizes wireless technology for low-cost installation and high reliability

    • Efficient use of air traffic controllers since existing controllers can handle multiple previously uncontrolled fields

    • System utilizes ADS-B positioning technology to support video supplied from the airport

Other important features of the Harris Remote Tower solution include:

  • Video Surveillance

  • Improved Security

Airport Types that Realize the Most Safety Improvement:

  • Uncontrolled airports that have commercial service

  • Airports in Class E and Class G airspace

  • Towered airports that close at night

  • Airports with low traffic count wanting the safety of 24/7 surveillance

  • Uncontrolled airports with a high percentage mix of VFR and IFR aircraft

  • Commercial airports wanting to add contingency for overflow or emergency diversions