The Swedish Transport Agency has given its approval to defence and security company Saab and the Swedish air navigation service provider LFV for the remote operation of Örnsköldsvik Airport from Sundsvall, Sweden.
The final operational approval from the agency will make the airport the first in the world to have remote air traffic control services. The services are expected to go live in the first quarter of 2015.
LFV director of international affairs and business development Niclas Gustavsson said: "This achievement means we have a system in place that meets all applicable safety regulations.
"With this final regulatory approval, LFV is now making the last preparations to enable RTS from Sundsvall, ultimately reducing operating costs and increasing the efficiency of operations."
Saab will deploy its sensors at the Örnsköldsvik Airport to send data directly to a remote tower centre (RTC) located at Sundsvall, 100km away from the airport.
The RTC will make use of various technologies, including high-definition displays and new air traffic controller tools.
LFV director general Olle Sundin said: "With remotely controlled towers, we are creating completely new opportunities for the whole of the aviation industry, we are retaining the high-safety level."
Saab said that it has developed the technology in consultation with air traffic controllers and air navigation service providers.
The company recently demonstrated its remote tower technologies at Leesburg Executive Airport, Virginia, US.
Saab traffic management head Anders Carp said: "Saab and LFV adopted a strategy that used new equipment that uses the existing procedures already approved by regulators and applied them to a new application."
Image: The Swedish Transport Agency’s approval makes Örnsköldsvik the first airport in the world to have remote air traffic control services. Photo: courtesy of Saab.