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Airport Controllers Trade the Tower for a Screen-Filled Room
2018-02-18T00:00:00Z - Jack Stewart / Wired
Instead of an elevated perch, ground controllers at FLL have an even better view from inside a nearby squat, building. Airfields usually have one or more towers, so ground controllers can see everything that happens from the runways to the gates. When a plane is ready to leave its gate, ground controllers first make sure it’s safe to move. By combining cameras with the radar data, ramp controllers should be able to spot all that, and ward off disaster. There’s precedent in Europe; London City airport has just replaced its air traffic control tower with a remote system, and controllers sitting 120 miles away.

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