LFV and Saab have signed an agreement to upgrade the software at LFV Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in Sundsvall, introducing new functions that will support the simultaneous management of two airports (multiple operations).
The Remote Tower Centre is the control centre from which LFV has been operating remote air navigation services for Örnsköldsvik Airport since April 2015.
Work to develop, validate and analyse ways in which an air traffic controller might manage more than one airport from an RTC has been under way for many years, partly in the context of SESAR, the EU development programme for air traffic management, and also as part of other development projects.
The product to be supplied to LFV is based on a further development of Saab's product for multiple airport operations designed for the Irish Aviation Authority.
"This investment is part of LFV's plans to ensure that our Remote Tower Service (RTS) product is competitive in the long term and flexible enough to meet the needs of our airport customers," says Niclas Gustavsson, LFV's Director of Business Development and International Affairs. "This is also the start of our work to get operational approval from the Swedish Transport Agency for multiple airport operations at the LFV RTC in Sundsvall".
"After more than a year of providing remotely-operated air navigation services and with 4 000 hours of operational and systems experience, this is the next step in our investment in RTS. It's another smart solution for the aviation industry" says Gustavsson.