In the press release put out after the London City Airport went remote with Saab’s Technology, it said: ``The Digital Tower has also allowed London City Airport to expand its area of operations due to the increased coverage it provides, thereby allowing the airport to maximise its air traffic capacity. Could you tell us
a How has the area of operations expanded? Is it because of the larger area they are able to monitor and control remotely considering they are now 75 miles away at NATS in Hampshire?
b What sort of efficiency would it bring in terms of landings and take-offs?
London City Airport's Master Plan sets out their growth and development plans through to 2030, the £480 million City Airport Development Programme (CADP). The CADP includes: expanding the existing terminal by 24,500 sq. meters and completely reconfiguring its internals and externals; constructing a three-story passenger pier; creating eight new aircraft stands; and constructing a new parallel aircraft taxiway. In 2011 London City Airport handled 70,000 scheduled aircraft movements and 3 million passengers. This is expected to increase up to 1,20,000 scheduled aircraft movements and 6 million passengers in the coming years. As part of CADP, a Digital Tower was procured from Saab. The Saab Digital Tower occupies a smaller ground footprint than a conventional tower which is important for an airport with limited available space. The tower’s sixteen high-definition cameras and sensors also provide a much better view than what the human eye alone can achieve. The systems help to track multiple aeroplanes thereby assisting the controller. Saab’s digital tower has an important role to play within London City Airports’ expansion.
Of course, the feed would be real-time, but is there any time lag in the signal reaching Hampshire, even seconds?
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