Remarks of CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, to the Remote and Virtual Tower Conference in London on 4 February 2016

5 February 2016

In his speech to the Remote and Virtual Tower Conference, in London, England, on 4 February 2016, CANSO Director General, Jeff Poole, outlined five key reasons why the ATM industry is developing remote towers. First, cost efficiency; air navigation service providers (ANSP) are able to reduce costs at small aerodromes where traffic volume is not enough to keep them economically viable. Second, with air traffic forecast to increase by an average of five percent a year, remote towers and their new technology will help manage this increase through using existing personnel and their knowledge and expertise in a more cost effective way. Third, they enable ANSPs to provide services in remote places that have no ANS provision at the moment. Fourth, the technology enables the operation of remote contingency towers like the one at London Heathrow Airport. This enables the airport to continue to operate if the main tower becomes unavailable. Fifth, remote tower services enhance safety and the service that ATS can offer.

He talked about how remote towers have impacted on air traffic control officers (ATCO), and said that change management must be applied effectively and carefully, fully taking into consideration the concerns of ATCOs.

He said that remote towers are a genuinely game-changing technology for all partners. The feedback from the ATCOs involved in the implementation of the first remote tower in Sweden and those involved in other trials is very encouraging.



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