Much has been written about remote towers in previous years – an attractive option for regional airports to have their air traffic services (ATS) provided at a lower cost from another location via a remote tower service provider.
So do remote towers sound the death knell for physical control towers? Almost certainly not. A quiet revolution is underway with a new tower concept – the digital tower. Powering this digital tower transformation are electronic strips with video overlays and data analytics, providing air traffic controllers (ATCOs) with a modernised working environment that embeds safety and productivity tools.