Finnish airport operator, Finavia, is rolling out a new electronic air traffic control system at Helsinki–Vantaa International Airport to improve aircraft safety and operations as passenger traffic at the gateway increases.
The new system, called eStrip, is designed to create a safer service, while at the same time “increasing capacity and improving air controllers’ job satisfaction and ergonomics”.
Anne Ilola, director of air navigation operations at Helsinki Vantaa, said: ”Globally, the new system is the most modern in its class. In a unique way, it combines the aircraft route clearance from traffic control, permissions to move in the area and a status picture from the radar system.
“The integration of the system into the control of runway lights enables automatic control of the airfield lighting, which, in turn, provides our customers added safety.”
The electronic air traffic control system will be used to control the airside traffic and give aircraft and other vehicles taxi clearances.
Runways and taxiways must not be entered without permission from the traffic control, and these permissions will from now on be managed electronically.
Therefore, the system replaces the old routines based on printed flight lists and enables smoother and more effective traffic control at the airport, Ilola said.
Airside vehicles will be equipped with radio transmitters and a positioning system that will provide traffic control with a real-time image and automatically updated identification of both aircraft and land vehicles.