RTC - Remote Tower Control

Led by DFS (2018 - 2020)

Implementation of Remote Tower Services in Leipzig for the airports of Saarbrucken, Erfurt and Dresden.

Sites involved

ACC/UAC : Langen, Munich
TMA : Non PCP DFS

Project description

Many small airports face discontinuation of air transport service due low traffic volumes making the provision of service at these airports financially nonviable. Partly, this is due to high cost of the air traffic services provision. In order to retain air transport service at these smaller airports, solutions need to be deployed in order to ensure sustainable service provision.
DFS set up this project as a means of deploying adequate solutions to cut cost of the service provision and thus enable financially viable air traffic services at these airports.
Remote Tower Control (RTC) provides cost efficient air traffic services for airports from a remote i.e. third location. RTC achieves this through visual reproduction (based on high-definition video cameras, infrared cameras and panoramic high resolution screens) replacing the on-site out of-the-window-view by an air traffic controller and allows remote air traffic service provision. Bundling air traffic services at an RTC Center in Leipzig for the airports of Saarbrucken, Erfurt and Dresden allows for efficient staff resource deployment, which is enabled through a uniform concept of operations and qualifications. Furthermore, staff resources may be deployed optimized across the actual traffic demand at all three airports combined.
This project aims at enhancing ATM by implementing SESAR, as defined in the European ATM Master Plan (2015) in the Key Feature “High performing Airports”, there referring to “Remote Tower”.
The timeline looks as follows:
- - Beginning of operation of Saarbrucken air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig: autumn 2018
- Beginning of operation of Erfurt air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig: Mar. 2019
- Beginning of operation of Dresden air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig: Dec. 2020
- Beginning of operation of Saarbrucken air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig: Sep. 2018 (Eibler)
- Beginning of operation of Erfurt air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig: Mar. 2019 (Eibler)
- Beginning of operation of Dresden air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig: Dec. 2020 (Eibler)

Implementation Steps

Period
StartEndLed by
operation of Saarbrucken air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig09/201809/2018DFS
operation of Erfurt air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig03/201903/2019DFS
operation of Dresden air traffic services at RTC center Leipzig12/202012/2020DFS