Cranfield Airport has become the first of its kind in the UK to install an operational, digital traffic control centre.
Officially opened by aviation minister, Liz Sugg MP, the airport will work over the following months with the CAA in order to complete the transition from a traditional air traffic control tower to the new digital centre.
The innovative technology, supplied by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, replicates what can be seen through the windows of a traditional air traffic control tower.
It enables smarter approaches to air traffic control by digitising and integrating airport functions and improves a controller’s situational awareness, enabling quick and informed decisions.
Aviation minister Liz Sugg, said: “Cranfield’s new control centre is a fantastic example of harnessing technology to improve the efficiency of flights.”
She added: “The upcoming Aviation Strategy consultation will set out how the Government proposes to encourage the use of innovative technology to achieve sustainable aviation growth and enhance passengers’ experience.”
The new system provides controllers with a 360-degree view of the airport and the ability to zoom-in on aircraft, improving visibility.
Digital aviation has often been cited as being the next significant business transformation in the sector and one which can support the aerospace industry towards delivering greater customer satisfaction while addressing efficiency, cost and capacity issues.
The airport is owned by Cranfield University, an organisation which featured in our top 10 last week.
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