The remote tower concept enables air traffic control services (ATS) and aerodrome flight information services (AFIS) to be provided at aerodromes where such services are either currently unavailable, or where it is difficult or too expensive to implement and staff a conventional manned facility.
This Objective proposes to remotely provide ATC services and AFIS for one aerodrome handling low to medium traffic volumes or two low-density aerodromes (simultaneous by one operator), typically with traffic schedules comprising single movements, rarely exceeding two simultaneous movements per aerodrome. The basic configuration, which does not include augmentation features, is considered suitable for ATC and AFIS provision at low density airfields. However, the level and flexibility of service provision can be enhanced through the use of augmentation technology, such as an ATC surveillance display, surveillance and visual tracking, infra-red cameras etc.
This Objective also covers the possibility to apply the remote tower concept as a contingency solution in facility known as Remote Contingency Tower (RCT). This solution can be used when the local tower is not available and services need to be provided from a back-up location. The target environment for the majority of RCTs will be medium density aerodromes that are economically important.
NOTE 1: Being a Local objective, to be applied at individual States or ATC Unit level, to achieve their performance targets the objective does not have a mandatory implementation deadline. As indicative guidance, the FOC of the OI Steps on which all the three SESAR Solutions (#12; #13, #52; #71) are based are 31/12/2024 for SDM-0201 and 15/11/2023 for SDM-0205.
NOTE 2: This objective is linked to SESAR Solutions #12, #13, #71, and #52.
NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each military authority to review this Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SLoAs that the military authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SLoAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to military authorities.
|IOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning||31-05-2019||—||Applicability Area|
|FOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning||—||01-01-2030||Applicability Area|
|SDM-0201||Remotely Provided Air Traffic Service for Single Aerodrome||31-12-2020||31-12-2024|
|SDM-0204||Remotely Provided Air Traffic Service for Contingency Situations at Small to Medium Aerodromes (with a Single Main Runway)||17-01-2021||17-01-2025|
|SDM-0205||Remotely Provided Air Traffic Services for Two Low-density Aerodromes||15-11-2019||15-11-2023|
|#12||Single Remote Tower operations for medium traffic volumes||SESAR1||Analysis|
|#13||Remotely Provided Air Traffic Service for Contingency Situations at Aerodromes||SESAR1||Analysis|
|#52||Remote Tower for two low density aerodromes||SESAR1||Analysis|
|#71||ATC and AFIS service in a single low density aerodrome from a remote CWP||SESAR1||Analysis|
|B1-RATS||Remotely Operated Aerodrome Control|
|REG01||Supervise compliance with regulatory provisions||
|ASP01||Develop, and deliver as necessary, a safety assessment of the changes imposed by the implementation of remote tower||
|ASP02||Define and implement system improvements allowing for the implementation of remote tower||
|ASP03||Develop and implement procedures for the use of Remote Tower||
|ASP04||Train all operational and technical personnel concerned||
|ASP05||Implement remotely provided air traffic service for contingency situations||
|APO01||Define and implement local airport procedures and processes for the implementation of remote tower concept||
|APO02||Train all operational and technical personnel concerned||
EASA - ED Decision 2019/004/R - ED Decision 2019/004/R - Guidance Material on remote aerodrome air traffic services and repealing Decision 2015/014/R 02/2019
|APO01, APO02, ASP01, ASP02, ASP03, ASP04, REG01|
EASA - NPA 2022-02 (A) and NPA 2022-02 (B) - NPA 2022-02 (A) and NPA 2022-02 (B) Remote aerodrome air traffic services
|APO01, APO02, ASP01, ASP02, ASP03, ASP04, REG01|
EC - COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2017/373 - (OJ L 62, 8.03.2017, p. 1) - COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2017/373 of 1 March 2017 laying down common requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions and their oversight, repealing Regulation (EC) No 482/2008, Implementing Regulations (EU) No 1034/2011, (EU) No 1035/2011 and (EU) 2016/1377 and amending Regulation (EU) No 677/2011 03/2017
EUROCAE - ED-240A - Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for Remote Tower Optical Systems 10/2018
EUROCONTROL - Air Navigation Systems Safety Assessment Methodology (SAM) - Version 2.1 / 11/2006
SJU - SESAR Solution 13: Data Pack for Remotely provided air traffic service for contingency situations at aerodromes