City Airport to Introduce UK’s First Digital Air Traffic Control Tower

London City Airport is set to become the first UK airport to install a digital air traffic control tower.

The new system will provide controllers with a 360-degree view of the airfield in greater detail than the human eye via 14 HD cameras and two cameras which are able to pan, tilt and zoom.

The cameras will send a live feed via fibre cables to a new operations room at the NATS air traffic control centre in Hampshire.

The construction of the new tower is due to be completed in 2018 and will be tested for a year before becoming fully operational in late 2019.

Declan Collier, chief executive, London City Airport, said: “A pioneering new digital air traffic control system will enhance safety and improve resilience, setting a new standard for the global aviation industry to follow.

“With London City Airport’s plans to grow and an existing tower which is reaching the end of its operational lifespan, this cutting edge proven technology future-proofs London City Airport’s air traffic control for the next 30 years and beyond.”

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