HungaroControl embarks on virtual project

HungaroControl has launched its first virtual project that would mean controllers manage departing and arriving traffic at Budapest from a remote tower by 2017.
The Hungarian air navigation service provider has signed a deal with INDRA Navia for a complete Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) by March 2016 at Budapest airport.
An integrated radar and camera system will be provided by the Norwegian business while Canada’s SeaRidge Technologies will act as subcontractor as part of the US$4.9 million agreement.
The visualisation of the aprons and both runways at Budapest airport, as well as flight information will be displayed on a video wall that will be tailored to meet controller needs.
HungaroControl’s concept of the virtual tower is targeted at air navigation services at medium or large sized airports.
“Next year, we will also demonstrate our rTWR infrastructure on live traffic as part of a SESAR Large Scale Demonstration (Budapest 2.0) project. By achieving this, HungaroControl will be the first in the world to test and demonstrate air traffic control from a remote tower at an airport the size of Budapest airport,” said Kornél Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl.