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New Delhi: India is likely to get its first remote air traffic control
tower by December 2018 at Ahmedabad airport, allowing one tower to
manage aircraft movements for several nearby airstrips, Chairman
Airports Authority of India (AAI)Guruprasad Mohapatra said today.
Remote and Virtual Tower (RVT) is a new concept where air traffic
service at an airport is performed somewhere else, thereby, dispensing
with the need for a tower on its premises.
Mohapatra said that the concept will be useful for smaller airports
under the government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS), which aims to
utilise underserved and unserved airports and improve connectivity to
tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
"Under RCS, we will have a plethora of airports with just one or two
flights per day. So, rather than setting up Air Traffic Control towers
and deploying ATC personnel (at each of these airports) we hope to cover
them with remote tower concept," Mohapatra told reporters.
09/11/17 PTI/Economic Times