PA aviation expert, Anders Adrem, has been quoted in an article in NyTeknik discussing the increasing popularity of remote air traffic management systems in Sweden.
The article explains that Örnsköldsvik´s airport was the first airport in the world to install a remote air traffic management system last year, and now three other Swedish airports are following suit.
In the spring of 2015 Örnsköldsvik began to use Remote Tower Services (RTS) -
a technology developed by Saab in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Administration (LFV).
The article goes on to say that PA Consulting Group, which helps airports to implement RTS and other digitisation and automation, surveyed all the municipal and privately owned airports in Sweden on their views towards RTS. In total, 12 intend to adopt the remote air traffic management system within five years.
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Commenting on this, Anders says: "Essentially, this is about small airports which have limited traffic. For them it is important to streamline and revise costs."
Anders goes on to says: "The initial investment is seen as the main obstacle of implementing RTS. We are not talking about a major investment but it can be difficult to recoup for a small airport. Local authorities and decision makers need to identity new financial solutions and business models as this could contribute to a better infrastructure for aviation and help keep rural areas alive. Possible solutions could include some sort of lease or collaboration where airports join together and share a system."