Kansas City Aviation Department has selected Saab to provide a Virtual Ramp Control System (VRCS) at Kansas City International Airport (MCI).

The contract comprises a three-phase implementation project and five years of ramp control services. 

Saab’s VRCS includes two digital tower camera houses and supplemental cameras along with Aerobahn Surface Management capabilities.

The new system will be deployed at MCI’s new terminal, which is currently in the construction phase.          

Saab explained that its VRCS would ensure safe aircraft movement between the airport’s movement area that is managed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), as well as the non-movement area, which is handled by MCI.

The two centralised camera houses, distributed cameras and ramp controllers at MCI is said to offer a complete view and facilitate a safe traffic flow between all gates and aircraft parking aprons.

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Saab said that the camera views will be integrated with its Aerobahn Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) platform for creating coordination between the FAA Ground Control crews, airline and various other operations at MCI.

Saab US president and CEO Erik Smith said: “Saab has pioneered the use of Digital Ramp Control with the combination of a virtual out-the-window view paired with our industry-leading Aerobahn suite.

“With a similar implementation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Saab’s Digital Ramp Control solution delivers increased traffic efficiencies, streamlined communications between key stakeholders and significant cost savings to both airlines and airports.”

Upon the completion of VRCS system installation at MCI, Saab will focus on providing ramp control services through its partner Robinson Aviation (RVA).

The project is expected to complete in 2023, which is when the five-year ramp control service period begins.