Defence and security company Saab has been selected by UK’s air traffic control services provider, NATS, to provide remote and digital air traffic control service.

Under the contract, Saab, the first company to operate remote air traffic control towers in Sweden, will install a remote tower demonstrator suite at NATS Swanwick Control Centre in Hampshire, England.

The digital remote towers will allow the airport’s air traffic to be controlled remotely from centralised locations, enabling greater flexibility, enhanced security and reduced costs for airports.

Finnish airport operator Rohde & Schwarz has received a contract to modernise Finland’s air traffic control (ATC) ground radio communications system.

Under the contract, Rohde will upgrade the radio infrastructure at 69 radio sites by installing 450 R&S Series 4200 radios and 69 equipment racks.

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The modernisation project will convert the current analogue operations at ATC communication systems to digital Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, making the country advance in civil aviation security, safety and operational efficiency.

“Finnish airport operator Rohde & Schwarz has received a contract to modernise Finland’s air traffic control (ATC) ground radio communications system."

Czech Republic has appointed technology company SITAONAIR to support air-to-ground data link applications at Prague Airport.

SITAONAIR will use its Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) network to provide a dedicated channel for air navigation service of the Czech Republic (ANS CR).

The channel will replace routine air traffic control messages on congested voice frequencies with on-screen digital messages, which will be easier for air traffic controllers and pilots to interpret.

Using the channel, ANS will be able to send digital automatic terminal information service (D-ATIS) and data link departure clearance (DCL) messages to aircraft.

Image: Saab will install remote tower demonstrator suite at NATS Swanwick Control Centre. Photo: courtesy of NATS.