Craig Field will get the first remote tower ATC center in the United States

The Selma Economic Development Authority has announced plans to set up a remote air traffic control center at Craig Field (SEM) in Selma, Alabama. The project will be led by air traffic control academy Advanced ATC Inc. based in Valdosta, Georgia, and conducted in partnership with Spain’s Indra Corp., which will provide personnel, software and logistical support. The center is expected to be the first of its kind to operate in the United States and is designed to allow air traffic controllers “to perform all the functions of a traditional control tower from a different location through the extensive use of cameras, real-time video and other advances.

“The Remote Towers represent an important and innovative step in airspace modernization efforts in the United States, and I am thrilled to see Advanced ATC establishing its pioneering operation at Craig Field,” said the Commerce Department Secretary. of Alabama, Greg Canfield. “This virtual tour center represents another example of how our state is at the forefront of trends shaping the future of aviation and aerospace for the United States”

Advanced ATC plans to invest $4.7 million in the Remote Tower Air Traffic Control Center and hire 28 people for Craig Field operations in the first year. Additionally, Advanced ATC intends to establish an international SEM training academy to “provide operational training and certifications to remote air traffic controllers.” A timeline for the project has not been announced.

Kate O’Connor is editor-in-chief of AVweb. She is a private pilot, certified aircraft dispatcher, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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