Whilst the focus of capacity improvement at airports often centres on the runway, increasingly we are seeing airports where the ground movement control (GMC) function is also a contributory factor. This is leading airports to consider how to split the GMC role to alleviate capacity constraints, or where the role is already split, to consider a more optimal split that better balances workload between the controllers. Similarly, where airports are expanding and adding new apron areas or runways this also has the potential to change the GMC role and any existing split of responsibilities.
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The first instance of virtualisation in Air Traffic Management were Remote Towers. The initial concept was simple: digitise the controller’ view, transmit it to a remote location and replicate it to allow tower controllers to perform their duties. This concept has grown and continues to grow.
Around about this time in a normal year (where normal is the old normal, not this new normal), we’d be packing up for World ATM Congress in Madrid.
Over the past few years Think have been involved in a range of R&D and deployment projects for approach concepts, and during that time I have developed my knowledge in this area. There are many different types and categories of approaches and the distinction between them can seem rather confusing!