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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 401f. Updated Friday, 21 March 2014

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New touchstone for air traffic control

A new, state-of-the-art air traffic control tower has been opened at Melbourne International Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss joined Chairman of Airservices, Angus Houston and Chief Executive of Airservices, Margaret Staib to officially open the airport's new tower.

"Airservices is internationally recognised as a leading air traffic navigation service provider and Melbourne tower represents continued investment in new technology and ongoing improvement," Mr Truss said.

Melbourne tower opened

Melbourne's new 75-metre traffic control tower will be the fourth in Australia equipped with digital technology and touchscreens, as the aviation management sector transitions from the traditional paper system.

Airservices manage 29 air traffic control towers across Australia.

Mr Truss said the $19 million tower boasted the latest technology to make aircraft management even safer and more efficient, with the tower able to meet anticipated air services growth through Melbourne well into the future.

The control tower system integrates flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications technology.

"The two million passengers who fly through Melbourne Airport every month will benefit from Airservices' commitment to safe and efficient management of passenger aircraft systems," Mr Truss said.

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