Searidge Technologies, global provider of Remote Tower and airport surface optimization solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airports announced that they have successfully completed live trials of their Remote Tower system in Hungary and Italy. The trials were conducted in a live environment, with real operations, proving the viability of delivering Aerodrome Air Traffic Services (ATS) from a remote location.
In Hungary, Budapest Airport (BUD) was the first Remote Tower of its size and complexity, managing close to 600 movements during the trial period. The trial included more than 500 hours in active and passive modes, without any limitation or constraints regarding the scheduled traffic. A total of 13 air traffic controllers participated in the trial.
“We were very pleased with the outcome of these Remote Tower trials with Searidge,” said Dezső Dudás, Head of Strategy and Project Management, HungaroControl. “The Searidge team worked hard with us to ensure the system met all of our operational requirements. We received positive feedback from Controllers, who agreed that the enhanced visual display, and new functions of the controller working positions provided reliable visual information and control options.”
In Italy, this large scale SESAR demonstration project was hosted at Milano Malpensa (MXP) airport. Milano Malpensa acted as the Remote Tower Centre (RTC) providing remote airport services to Milano Linate (LIN) as well as a virtual airport – referred to as LIXX – that is represented by a portion of Malpensa. Throughout the trials, air traffic controllers managed more than 100 movements during more than 30 hours in active and passive trial modes. A total of 8 controllers participated in the demonstration.
“Searidge is very fortunate to work with such innovative partners such ENAV and HungaroControl,” said Neil Bowles, Head of Air Traffic Management, Searidge Technologies. “Together we proved the technical and operational suitability of the Searidge remote tower technology for both live control and contingency operations. We are looking forward to moving to the next phase of these projects with both companies.”