LFV control centre for RTC soon to be completed

Published: 08 November 2019 10:05

The building for LFV's new control centre for remote air traffic control, RTC Stockholm, is completed. Technology installations and other preparations are now underway in the world's largest control center for digital air traffic control.

From here, air traffic at four Swedish airports will be controlled - Kiruna, Östersund, Malmö and Umeå.
Flexibility increases with air traffic controllers and air traffic management gathered at one geographical location. In addition to flexibility, the key to improving efficiency lies in gathering educational resources. A prerequisite for training is the simulator that is already in place.

How remote air traffic control works
A mast with cameras and sensors is set up at the airport where traffic is going to be remotely controlled. All the registered images and other data are transferred in real time via a live feed to the Remote Tower Centre (RTC), where they are displayed on a series of monitors and air traffic controllers manage the traffic as they would in a traditional tower.
In 2015, LFV became first in the world with remote air traffic control when Örnsköldsvik Airport was launched from RTC Sundsvall. At the end of 2017 Sundsvall-Timrå Airport also adopted the system. In 2018 the first remotely controlled airports were established outside of Sweden, when Cranfield Airport in the United Kingdom and Germany's Saarbrücken Airport started to use the new technology. In the summer of 2019, air traffic management was established remotely at Linköping / Saab Airport. In late autumn, Norway launched its first remote air traffic controlled airport, Röst.
In 2016, the company SDATS, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions and owned by LFV and Saab, was established. The company will develop, market and operate digital air traffic management.