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World’s first remote-control air traffic control tower is up and running

NEW YORK (AP) — Passengers landing at remote Ornskoldsvik Airport in northern Sweden might catch a glimpse of the control tower — likely unaware there is nobody inside.

The dozen commercial planes landing there each day are instead watched by cameras, guided in by controllers viewing the video at another airport 90 miles away.

Ornskoldsvik is the first airport in the world to use such technology. Others in Europe are testing the idea, as is one airport in the United States. While the majority of the world’s airports will, for some time, still have controllers on site, experts say unmanned towers are coming. They’ll likely first go into use at small and medium airports, but eventually even the world’s largest airports could see an array of cameras mounted on a pole replacing their concrete control towers.

The companies building these remote systems say their technology is cheaper and better than traditional towers.

“There is a lot of good camera technology that can do things that the human eye can’t,” says Pat Urbanek, of Searidge Technologies, “We understand that video is not real life, out the window. It’s a different way of surveying.”

Cameras spread out around an airport eliminate blind spots and give controllers more-detailed views. Infrared can supplement images in rain, fog or snow and other cameras can include thermal sensors to see if animals stray onto the runway at the last second.

None of those features are — yet — in the Swedish airport because of regulatory hurdles.

Ornskoldsvik Airport is a vital lifeline for residents who want to get to Stockholm and the rest of the world. But with just 80,000 annual passengers, it can’t justify the cost of a full-time control staff — about $175,000 a year in salary, benefits and taxes for each of six controllers.

In April, after a year and a half of testing a system designed by Saab, all the controllers left Ornskoldsvik. Now, an 80-foot tall mast housing 14 high-definition cameras sends the signal back to the controllers, stationed at Sunvsal Airport. No jobs have been eliminated but ultimately such systems will allow tiny airports to pool controllers.

Old habits are hard to break. Despite the ability to zoom in, controllers instinctively grab their binoculars to get a closer look at images on the 55-inch TV screens. And two microphones were added to the airfield at Ornskoldsvik to pipe in the sounds of planes.

“Without the sound, the air traffic controllers felt very lost,” says Anders Carp, head of traffic management for Saab.

The cameras are housed in a glass bubble. High pressure air flows over the windows, keeping them clear of insects, rain and snow. The system has been tested for severe temperatures: 22 degrees below zero (-30 Celsius) and, at the other extreme, a sizzling 122 degrees (50 Celsius).

Niclas Gustavsson, head of commercial development for LFV Group, the air navigation operator at 26 Swedish airports, says digital cameras offer numerous possibilities for improving safety.

Computers can compare every picture to the one a second before. If something changes — such as birds or deer crossing the runway — alerts are issued.

“Maybe, eventually there will be no towers built at all,” says Gustavsson.

Saab is currently testing — and seeking regulatory approval — for remote systems in Norway and Australia and has contracts to develop the technology for another Swedish airport and two in Ireland.

Competitor Searidge is working on a remote tower for the main airport in Budapest, Hungary. That airport serves 8.5 million passengers annually and, within two years, controllers could be stationed a few miles from the airport.

Now, Saab is bringing some aspects of this technology to the United States.

Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia is a relatively busy airport with 300 daily takeoffs and landings. Just a few miles from Dulles International Airport, Leesburg does not have its own control tower. A regional air traffic control center clears private jets into the airspace and then pilots use an established radio frequency to negotiate the landing and takeoff order. That often leads to delays.

Saab has built a system for Leesburg and on Aug. 3 started a three-month test with the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA controllers will, at first, familiarize themselves with the technology and just observe the planes operating as they already do today. If the FAA approves, the next phase would be to start clearing planes onto taxiways and to take off and land.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says it is participating in the testing.

Towers for large commercial airports are expensive. They need elevators, air conditioning and heating, fire suppression systems plus room for all the controllers. A new tower in Oakland, California that opened in 2013 cost $51 million. Towers at smaller airports are cheaper. Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport opened a new one in February at a cost of $15.4 million. Saab won’t detail the cost of its system except to say it is “significantly less.” There is no need for a tower and elevator.

The companies see a giant market: The vast majority of U.S. commercial airports — 315 of 506 — have control towers. However, only 198 of the 2,825 general aviation airports have manned towers.

(press release)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2015/09/15/worlds-first-remote-control-air-traffic-control-tower-is-up-and-running/72297006/

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The city of Sacramento located in the US state of California is a nice destination along with its tourist spots. Your travel trip journey visit to the city along with your travel mate the promptbuscharters.com will make it nice.

On your entry into the city, you can see here in the older part with its Sutter’s Fort along with its cobbled streets and you will be interested to spot numerous historic buildings as well here.

 

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You will find the spot now being turned into a tourist destination along with its facilities for tourism and the rides on steam-hauled historic trains along with the paddle steamers.

You can see that the historic buildings being located here in the city include the Lady Adams Building, etc.

You will be interested to note here in the city the “Big Four Building”, which you can find in the Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and Charles Crocker.

It will be interesting for you note numerous historic building here in the city like the Central Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad.

You will also find it interesting to note that the city is also a nice place for theatres like the Community Center Theatre like other major theatres like the Sacramento Convention Center Complex with its Community Center Theatre and Memorial Auditorium.

You will see that here in the city professional theatres are plenty like the California Musical Theatre along with its Summer stock theatre, Music Circus, etc.

You will find here in the Sacramento Theatre Company non-musical productions as an Equity House Theatre, along with its performance in the McClatchy Main stage.

You will find here in the city numerous community theatres like the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre and Playwrights Workshop, 24th Street Theatre, Davis Musical Theatre Co., El Dorado Musical Theatre, etc being some among them.

If you are interested you can enjoy the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival rendering entertainment and if you visit the city in the summer, you can enjoy this.

You can also see here in the city, numerous major museums like the Crocker Art Museum, and you will find it among the oldest public art museum and the museums boats of being the finest one.

If your purpose of visit to the city is academic, then there is the Sacramento State (California State University, Sacramento), with its graduates and under graduates in its eight colleges.

You can also see here in the city the University of California along with its undergraduate and graduate courses and you will be interested to find that there are the UC Davis School of Medicine for that matter.

Then you can see that the city has the Los Rios Community College District along with its numerous two-year colleges like the American River College, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento City College, Folsom Lake College, etc and you can also see here numerous outreach centers for those academic institutions as well.

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You will find here in the city the Marysville Joint Unified School District along with its public school system. You can see that there are five high schools like the Marysville High, Lindhurst High School, Yuba County Career Preparatory Charter School, Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts, and Abraham Lincoln Home School.

Then you can move on to the Mary Aaron Memorial Museum and what you can see here in the museum will be a residence

You can also pay a visit to the Bok Kai Temple with its reminiscent of worship of Chinese communities of their gods.

You can also participate here in the Chinese New Year and the Bok Kai parade and you can see that it is the oldest parade in California still in practice for that matter.

It will be interesting for you to note that each parade is followed by bands, fire trucks, antique cars, floats, and dance groups walk the streets, etc.

You will seethe city is also a nice locale for collegiate education the Oxley College and you will find the college catering to preschool (3 Year Old Kinder) to Year 12 VCE, in the process of preparation for University.

You can see here students from different cultural backgrounds.

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You will find here in the city the Sierra College which is a part of the California community college along with its main campus in Rocklin, California. You will find here in the college 125 degree and certificate programs on a variety of courses for that matter.

It will be interesting fore you to note that the classes are rendered on both in traditional “on-ground” classrooms along with its online form as well.

Now the time has come for you to move on to the Empire Mine State Historic Park along with its Sierra Nevada Mountains and you can see that the Empire Mine is one of the largest and oldest of the sort.

It will be to your interest to note that the Empire Mine produced 5.8 million ounces of gold from the underground passages.

The Empire Mine is the site of the oldest, largest, and richest gold mine in California. From 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold.

You can also see here in the Park numerous original mine buildings, gardens, etc for that matter.

It will be to your to interest to note that park has 845 acres of forested area along with its 12 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

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The city of Durham located here in the US state of California is a nice place along with its tourist destinations. Your travel trip journey tour to the place along with the Prompt bus Charters will make it nice.

You will find the city having good educational system in the Durham High School along with its 55 acres of campus comprising of the elementary, intermediate and continuation schools for that matter.

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The city has also so many nice opportunities for collegiate education providing education for the undergraduates and graduates along with its scholarships to students.

The Durham University along with its 16 colleges, has the newest college in the Josephine Butler.

You can also see here in the city the Durham Castle and you can take a tour around it and you will come to know that this is the oldest student accommodation in the world as old as 1073.

How can you miss to visit the Durham Cathedral along with its nice Norman design, along with its 66 metre tower, and you can have spectacular views of the entire city here.

Then you can move on to visit the Treasures of Saint Cuthbert with its Durham Cathedral, in housing numerous amazing arte facts, including the 7th Century coffin of Saint Cuthbert, etc.

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The city of Colusa located here in the US state of California is a nice place to visit and you can see here lot of places. Your trip travel journey visit to the place will be eventful.

You can see here in the city the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area located in its 66.5 acres and you can see here in the place amenities for the boat ramp and camping facility for that matter.

 

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Then there is the Colusa Levee Scenic Park located in the city along with its
trees, paved walking, jogging or biking trail, etc.

Then you can move on to visit the Memorial Park and what you can see here will be the tree-filled grassy areas and you can also see here the children’s play area comprising of the swings, a slide, rock-climbing wall, etc.

You will find the place interesting for education also for there are so many schools being located here in the city like the Colusa school community and you will find the Colusa High School promotes academic and non-academic activities for that matter.

The CHS renders education to 344 students in grades 9-12. You will find here the four-year, two-semester comprehensive high school academic programmes being accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well.

It will be interesting for you to note that the CHS contributes to the three early outreach programs with Yuba Community College and California State University, as well.

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The city of Chico located in the US state of California is a nice place along with its tourist destinations and your visit to the city will expose you all.

On your entry, you will see the Chico Museum being located here along with its circus exhibit and two main galleries and you can see here in the galleries a host of temporary and traveling exhibits. In added to this are the permanent galleries having exhibits regarding the diverse history of Chico.

You will be interested to see the Chico Air Museum along with its aviation artifacts.

If you are interested to visit the National Yo-Yo Museum, then you will find the museum along with its largest collection of yo-yo artifacts, like the four-foot-tall yo-yo.

Then you will see the historical buildings like the Bidwell Mansion and you will find it a Victorian house.

You will be interested to see the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology along with its temporary exhibits.

You will see here in the place the “Living on Top of the World: Arctic Adaptation, Survival and Stewardship.”

In the matter of arts and theatre too the city is enriched with its numerous murals and several galleries like the Chico Paper Company. And you will be interested to spot here in the city lot of theatres like the Blue Room Theatre, Theatre ETC, Chico Cabaret, Chico Performances, Chico Theater Company, and Theatre on the Ridge, etc for that matter.

You can find here in the city the California State University with its ample space for multifarious streams of study.

You will be amused to find here in the city the Bidwell Park, which you find is one of the largest of the sort in the US.

Chico is the site of Bidwell Park, the ninth-largest municipally-owned park in the United States, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, the Chico University Arboretum.

You will be interested to find here in the city the Butte College which is a community college and you can see that the college is a two-year institution fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). You will find the college offering Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T) (AS-T)

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Transfer Degrees (AA) (AS), Career and Technical Education Degrees (AA) (AS), Certificates of Achievement (CA), and Certificates (CERT)

The Cal Northern School of Law will interest you as a private law school along with its four-year night program mainly for the working professionals.

You can see that the students earn a J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) law degree with its four year course.

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The city of Antelope is located in the city of California is a nice tourism destination along with its mesmerizing points of destination. Your trip travel tour journey to the city will expose these.

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On your entry into the city, you can see the Tetotom Park being located here in the city along with its facilities for a plastic playground, tennis courts, a volleyball court, a multipurpose field, etc and you can also see here barbecues along with the fireworks festival as well.

You will find the city ideal for collegiate education and you can see here in the city along with its accredited programs etc.

You will be interested to note that the students are offered the facility to get the graduation within nine months for that matter.

The MTI also boasts of providing the assistance for students with job placement and assistance on the completion of graduation for that matter.

The institution boasts of providing quality education along with hands-on experience in the respective areas of study.

Your visit to the Aerospace Museum of California will showcase before you the nuances of flight where people can explore, imagine the wonderland of space.

You can see here in the place lot of exhibits, along with its cockpit of the airplane and you can get the history of the evolution and development of these aircraft.

Then you will see that the Antelope Valley Union High School District 8 comprehensive and 4 continuation high schools, and the students get exposure in the Career and Technical Education programs as well for that matter.

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The city of Arbuckle located here in the US state of California is a nice place along with its mesmerizing tourist destinations.

You will find here in the city the Cache Creek Casino Resort along with its 2,400 slot machines and 122 table games, including a 14-table Poker Room. Needless to say that you can enjoy the place and game for that matter.

You can also see here in the vicinity the 415,000-square foot property comprising of 200-room luxury hotel and its health spa, restaurants, Club 88 entertainment venue, ad what’s more! You can also see here outdoor swimming pool, casino gift shop and tribal-operated Mini Mart, etc.

To your interest, you will find here in the city the first public art museum with its features like resourceful source for study and exploration in the Fine Arts for that matter.

You will be interested to see here diverse spectrum of exhibitions and programs concerned with the Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, etc.

You will find the museum being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

You will find the city well known for its academic institutions as well and the Pacific Union College along with its fully accredited Seventh-day Adventist Christian liberal arts college, is in itself a case in point. Here what you will find is offering of the bachelor’s degrees along with its associate degrees, master’s degree, and pre-professional and degree completion programs, etc for that matter.

In the Cambridge Junior College what you will find is the quality education along with the accelerated career training programs fostering among students career advancement.

You will find that the institute focusing on the spheres like healthcare career training programs along with practical training. The university will offer certificates, diplomas and Associate degrees.

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