Australian company acquires virtual control tower technology in Estonia

Australian company Adacel Technologies, a developer of innovative air traffic management technologies, has completed the acquisition of a new air traffic control (ATC) virtual tower solution in Estonia. According to Adacel, “the new system has successfully passed a rigorous Site Acceptance Test (SAT) with the Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) to provide virtual tower operations for Kuressaare in Tallinn.”

The system is built on a principle of modular and open architecture, which can be integrated with existing and future systems involving air traffic management, communication, navigation and surveillance. Daniel Verret, CEO of Adacel, said, “The new virtual ATC tower solution presents immense opportunities for everyone, and with our deep industry expertise and ever-evolving technology advancements, we look forward to continue to advance safety and efficiency in aviation.

After the successful certification of the technology in Tallinn, the next applications are planned for the Estonian airports of Tartu, Pärnu and Kärdla. Ivar Värk, Head of the Estonian Air Navigation Authority, said: “The development of a remote tower solution for Estonia is a significant step forward that supports our goal of digitizing all Estonian regional airports by 2025.”

Mark Phelps is an editor at AVweb. He is a private instrument pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

Michael J. Chiaramonte