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Monday, October 26, 2015
Phase one complete for remote tower at Leesburg Executive Airport
Today marks a significant milestone in the Leesburg Airport Remote
Tower Demonstration Program. The first phase of the demonstration is
reaching its conclusion, after which the partnership will have
collected data during a four-month passive monitoring phase.
has pioneered the development of remote tower systems and
technologies in cooperation with air traffic controllers and air
navigation service providers around the world, paving the way for
more efficient, safe and cost-effective delivery of air traffic
control services. To
support the introduction of this new technology in the United States,
Saab has partnered with Leesburg Executive Airport to demonstrate
remote tower technologies at the airport. The Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), the Virginia Department of Aviation and the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) are serving in
advisory roles in the program. In addition, both the FAA and NATCA
are providing controllers in support of data collection
demonstration is being conducted in two phases; it started in August,
and will carry through mid-2016 with the goal to achieve FAA
approval, per their Safety Management System requirements, to operate
a remote tower at non towered airports.
the phase-one milestone now achieved, the data will be analyzed and
form the basis of a report to be presented to the FAA for approval in
order to move on to the next phase of the demonstration. "We
look forward to starting the next phase of the demonstration, which
will include active controlling at Leesburg Airport,” said Mike
Gerry, president and CEO of Saab Sensis Corp., one of the partners in
the Leesburg demonstration.