Jersey Airport (IATA: JER) is set to become the first provider of Remote Tower Service technology in the British Isles. The move follows a development programme with Systems Interface Ltd and Searidge Technologies (Canada). Certisa Ltd will be providing the safety assurance elements of this project.
Remote Tower Service Technology is the ability to perform usual air traffic services from an alternative location away from the usual airport control tower. Currently, the only certified remote tower operation in Europe is in Sweden.
The decision to implement this technology was driven by the wish to enhance the capability of continuing to provide air traffic services in the event of a catastrophic technical failure of equipment or the need to evacuate the main Air Traffic Control facility at Jersey Airport. This means that the Visual Control Room and Approach Facility can still be operated from a remote location, allowing aircraft to continue to operate in and out of Jersey Airport and Channel Islands Airspace.
The system itself consists of a display feature showing a 220-degree view of the airfield, emulating the view that air traffic officers see from their control tower. The system also boasts two zoom cameras, which allows detailed close-up views of aircraft both on the ground and in the air.
The Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at Jersey Airport, Les Smallwood, is confident that such technology will be of great benefit to the Island and explained: “This solution will provide guaranteed resilience in the event of equipment failure or the need to evacuate the main ATC facility at the airport. Additionally, we hope that being at the forefront of this technology will enable Ports of Jersey to expand its business portfolio in this area.”
Jersey Airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary on March 10.