Remote Towers - Revolution or Illusion?


by Paul Diestelkamp, Air Navigation Solutions Ltd.

Remote Tower Control (RTC) still feels like an innovation in its early stages but in reality, the era of Remote and Digital Towers began over 15 years ago with early research and development activities progressed in Sweden and Germany. The first airport to fully transition to remote Air Traffic Control (ATC) services was Örnsköldsvik’s Airport in 2015. Saarbrücken Airport in Germany followed suit in 2018. Numerous other RTC implementations have been progressed worldwide, both to deliver main ATC services remotely and for improved contingency capabilities. More than ten years collective experience of safe and successful operations suggest that today RTC is a proven concept, well explored across the globe and well-established across the Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry.

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