The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved advanced sequential operations at the world’s largest digital Remote Towers Centre operated by Avinor in Bodø, Norway. It is an important step towards multiple tower operations in 2024.
Avinor operates eight airport towers remotely from its digital Remote Towers Centre located north of the Arctic Circle. An additional three airport towers are due to be phased in during Q1 2023. Advanced sequential operations mean that an operator can operate two airport towers during one shift, from the same working position, during times when there are no simultaneous aircraft movements.
“For Avinor this is an important milestone in that we can utilise the digital remote towers technology in a more efficient manner,” said Lars Vågsdal, Chief Technology Officer, Avinor. “This has been made possible through close collaboration with our technology partners at Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Indra, as well as through an open and transparent dialogue with the Norwegian CAA.”
Avinor has taken an important step towards multiple tower operations with the introduction of advanced sequential operations. With the multiple operations mode an operator or air traffic controller can operate multiple airports with low traffic volumes simultaneously.
“The first few days of operations have gone seamlessly and our AFIS operators have responded positively to the new advanced sequential operations procedures,” said Jens Petter Duestad, Head of Operations at Avinor’s Remote Towers Centre.