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April 11, 2016

Helios to assess remote tower feasibility at Dublin airport

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has selected aviation consultancy Helios to evaluate the possibility of deploying a remote air traffic control (ATC) tower at Dublin Airport, Ireland.

By Lopamudra Roy

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has selected aviation consultancy Helios to evaluate the possibility of deploying a remote air traffic control (ATC) tower at Dublin Airport, Ireland.

Under the deal, Helios will be responsible for providing the ATC services to a dual runway operation at the Irish airport.

The airport authority plans to build a second parallel runway that would help address the significantly growing traffic at the airport.

With the construction of the new runway, the airport will also need to install a new ATC tower.

"A study conducted by Helios will help the airport decide whether to move ahead with a new visual control tower, or build a remote tower solution."

IAA had already received planning approval for the construction of a new 86.9m-high tower in 2007.

Developments in remote tower technology have pointed to an alternative to the traditional ATC tower that could be better suited to larger operations.

A study conducted by Helios will help the airport decide whether to move ahead with a new visual control tower, or build a remote tower solution.

Helios is assessing every aspect of air traffic management (ATM), including human factors, regulatory approval, safety, airport operations and technical requirements.

Workshops will be held where primary stakeholders in the IAA will ensure a clear decision-making process.

The assessment is expected to be completed by Helios by the end of April.

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