ATM Modernization

Report: London City Airport Could be First in UK with Remote Digital System

By S.L. Fuller | May 19, 2017

Bombardier CS100 aircraft performing validation tests at London City Airport. Photo: Bombardier.

Bombardier CS100 aircraft performing validation tests at London City Airport. Photo: Bombardier.

London City Airport plans to replace its air traffic control tower with a remotely operated digital system, news reports have said. Testing is expected next year, with full operation in 2019. This technology has reportedly already been tested in Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland. But London would be the first city in the U.K. to replace its current system.

The technology comes from Sweden’s Saab, and is part of a $392.1 million development program for the airport. The system provides a 360-deg view of the airfield from 14 high-definition cameras and two dynamic cameras. The video would feed to NATS’s Hampshire base.

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