One step closer to the digital revolution in air traffic control

Currently, the airline industry is experiencing a massive increase in air traffic, where, on average, there are approximately 33 thousand flights per day.

According to Eurocontrol, by 2030 there will be almost twice as many flights, and the tasks of the employees will become more and more complex and complex. An optimal solution is more digitization, which will meet the needs and supplement the workforce, to cope with this growth.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, a German air navigation service provider, has completed an important stage with remote tower control, where he has also learned some important lessons.

Due to the sharp increase in air traffic, it seems, these air navigation service providers face many daily challenges, in order to control in a safe, orderly and timely manner all flights. For this reason, more efficient technologies, digitization and new structures should be at the forefront.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) was the first in the world to use such a system at an international airport, with more than 15 thousand flights a year and over 360 thousand passengers – Saarbrücken International Airport is currently the largest airport from the world operating in regular RTC operations.

Thus, with the new system implemented in 2018, the controllers managed more than 2500 flights, carrying out all takeoffs and landings in time and safely. Thus, they have managed to increase efficiency and due to synergies, they have been able to make the costs and equipment of air traffic control more efficient.

Also, with the new system, for controllers work can become more attractive, more digital and more modern. The technical solution and the general concept are very advanced, thanks to the years of research and development: advanced system with high definition infrared video cameras that offers a permanent 360 degree view of the airport. You can also adjust the view between 190 and 360 degrees with Full HD and infrared. In addition, the system can automatically detect movements and highlight up to 256 objects in parallel.

High-performance sensors provide accurate and accurate accuracy of weather conditions. The entire system is provided with self-cleaning, heated and equipped, so that the rooms can not be blocked, dirty or frozen.

Finally, RTC is a major change, from the paradigm in air traffic control. By doing this, the first step is to make a new digital future in this field.