Airservices’ new air traffic control tower in Adelaide has been officially opened.
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The tower, which cost $16.9 million, stands 44 metres high - more than twice the height of the current tower built almost 30 years ago.
It mirrors the ''glass cockpit'' concept of modern jet aircraft, featuring 32 customisable touch screens to provide information to air traffic controllers to perform operational tasks.
The display system integrates flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into one sophisticated tower-specific design.
Specialised single pane glazing on the tower cabin will ensure stringent optical, thermal and acoustic performance to ensure air traffic controllers can carry out their tasks safely.
Chief Executive of Airservices, Margaret Staib said the new Adelaide tower was Airservices’ third air traffic control tower to be equipped with the latest state of the art technology.
“This is a significant change in providing air traffic control services, moving from the traditional paper system to a new fully digital system and will greatly enhance our service delivery in Adelaide,” Ms Staib said.
“It ensures we are in a position to meet the anticipated growth for air services and provide safe, efficient air traffic operations in Adelaide well into the future.
“We are committed to using the latest technology to safely and efficiently manage passenger aircraft throughout Australia, particularly at our major airports.”
Edition 376, 27 August 2013