Airport to get Saab digital tower

London City Airport air traffic control to go digital
London City Airport is set to install a digital air traffic control tower and move its ATC functions to a remote site. It will be one of the first airports to take such a step.
Controllers will be based at a new control room nearly 200 kilometres away, at a NATS air traffic facility in Swanwick, Hampshire, where they will remotely control the airport’s ATC functions.
In place of the existing tower, a 50-metre digital tower will have a panoramic view of the runway and its vicinity via high definition cameras. Due to be completed in 2018, it will then go through a year of testing and become operational in 2019. The technology will all be supplied by Sweden’s Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions.
“From Swanwick, air traffic controllers will perform their operational role, using the live footage displayed on 14 HD screens that form a seamless panoramic moving image, alongside the audio feed from the airfield, and radar readings from the skies above London, to instruct aircraft and oversee movements,” the airport said.
London City Airport is investing £350 million (€407 million) in developments that will add capacity by an extra 2 million passengers per year by 2025.