Airservices Australia to conduct remote tower technology trials with Saab

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Air traffic control services provider Airservices Australia has signed a contract with Saab to conduct remote tower technology trials in Australia.

It intends to evaluate the technology at Alice Springs in Central Australia from late 2012, with the control centre in Adelaide.

Airservices acting general manager air traffic control Mark Rodwell said: "The proposed evaluation of the technology would provide a good test of its viability in remote and harsh conditions."

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Saab and Swedish air navigation service provider and airport operator Luftfartsverket for the delivery and support of a remotely operated tower solution in 2010.

Airways New Zealand also joined the project in late 2010.