Menorca Airport in Spain has selected KONGSBERG, along with Gesnaer Consulting and Avinor Air Navigation Services, to provide an advanced remote tower system for air traffic control.

The KONGSBERG advanced remote tower system is equipped with a 360° panorama high-resolution camera system for live out the window views.

The system also comprises a pan-tilt-zoom camera for the controller’s binocular functions.

It can be extended to control multiple airports from the same control centre.

KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace executive vice-president Kjetil Reiten Myhra said: “Remote control of air traffic brings new capabilities to air traffic operations, enabling safe operations at reduced costs.

“This is achieved by the combination of high-end technology and proven safe operation procedures and concepts. KONGSBERG is proud to deliver our world-class solution to Menorca Airport and AENA together with the industry team.”

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The Electro-Optical Sensor Suite’s design includes a rotating platform that houses an infrared camera, a laser range finder and a signalling light.

High-resolution monitors provide the digital out the window view for the controllers.

At present, KONGSBERG and Avinor Air Navigation Services are working on the Ninox programme, which has 15 different airports operated from a new control centre in Bodø, Norway.

Avinor Air Navigation Services CEO Anders Kirsebom said: “The combination of our companies’ expertise within aviation operations and technology coupled with our experience from the Norwegian NINOX programme will enable us to provide the best system for the Menorca airport.”

The system is expected to be delivered next year. Gesnaer Consulting will implement and execute the project for AENA.