The world’s first airport without an air traffic control tower will open on December 22, according to a report in the financial times and Forbes magazine.
This winter, the Scandinavian mountain airport will become the first airport in the world not to have an air traffic control tower on the ground, and the airport will have a “virtual tower” – the air traffic control system. The system, located in Sundsvall, about 300 kilometers away from the airport, will allow controllers to manage flights from the data they receive and guide pilots safely through the airport’s multiple cameras and special sensor equipment.
For now, sonzvall’s remote air traffic control system is in charge of flights from the small airport in Ornskoldsvik, in northern Sweden, and from the nearby airport in timla. The airports had been idling their already-built towers for about three years, instead handing over air traffic control to sonzwar’s “virtual tower.” Controllers can get a 360-degree real-time view of the airfield and its surroundings through several rows of high-definition screens on the wall.
This substitution is becoming more common at smaller airports with fewer flights, and the Scandinavian mountain airport is the first in the world to operate flights without a tower or other tower. In Norway, 15 airports have closed their towers and moved their flight management to remote control systems, the economist reported. Airports in Europe, the United States and Australia are testing their own “virtual towers,” the report said. London city airport has moved some of its air traffic control operations to a remote air traffic control system outside Southampton, 128km from the airport, the telegraph reported.
Aviation expert John Walton told lonely planet: “airports and air traffic controllers have been testing this’ remote ‘control system since the early 2000s, and the technology has passed safety tests. In addition, with augmented reality, air traffic controllers can gain more effective information while improving operational efficiency, and airports can manage their flights through any remote control system in the world.” “This remote control system is even more reliable than traditional towers,” he explained. Let’s imagine if a fire alarm went off in a traditional tower, it would mean evacuating tower workers and shutting down the airport. When this happens in a “virtual tower”, the operational data of the “virtual tower” in case of fire can be transferred to another “virtual tower” to minimize the possible loss.
The Scandinavian mountain airport, which will soon be completely “virtual tower”, is just 5km from the Norwegian border. Not only is Salen, Sweden’s largest ski resort, only a 25-minute drive away, but Trysil, Norway’s ski resort, is only a 40-minute drive away. Unique geographical conditions make the Scandinavian mountains airport a “white hub” for skiers around the world.