LEESBURG, Va. — The first phase of the Leesburg Airport Remote Tower Demonstration Program wrapped up Oct. 26 after four months of collecting data.
The next phase of the program will go through mid-2016, with the ultimate goal of operating remote air traffic control towers at airports that are now non-towered.
The FAA, the Virginia Department of Aviation and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) are serving in advisory roles in the program. In addition, both the FAA and NATCA provided controllers to support the data collection activities.
With the phase-one milestone now achieved, the data will be analyzed and form the basis of a report to be presented to the FAA for approval in order to move on to the next phase of the demonstration.
“This is a great example of public-private partnership where government and industry work together to drive progress and development,” said Mike Gerry, president and CEO of Saab Sensis Corporation, one of the partners in the Leesburg demonstration. “We look forward to starting the next phase of the demonstration, which will include active controlling at Leesburg Airport, and moving towards the ultimate goal of approving this new technology for use in the United States.”