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City of Concord and KONGSBERG take first step towards air traffic management modernization

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) – The City of Concord and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), a global provider of high-tech and mission-critical systems, have formalized a partnership agreement for the modernization of the air traffic control system of Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is the first in North Carolina to introduce and test remote tower technology.

“At Concord, we are known for our high-performance lifestyle and pride ourselves on being a premier destination for innovation and excellence,” said Concord Mayor William C. “Bill” Dusch. “We are thrilled to partner with KONGSBERG to provide cutting-edge aviation services that will drive economic growth and transform air traffic management in our region, state and country.”

City officials and senior KONGSBERG executives officially signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport on Tuesday, April 19. The agreement allows for the installation and eventual certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the Kongsberg Remote Tower System at the airport. This system replaces traditional airport air traffic control towers with a remote tower with built-in intelligent technical capabilities. Remote towers are operated by controllers from a remote tower control center, which may be located at an airport or miles away.

“The fact that we have entered into a formal long-term agreement with the City of Concord shows the progress and commitment made between the parties and to Remote Tower technology,” said Eirik Tord Jensen, president of Kongsberg Defense Systems Inc. , UNITED STATES. “Remote Tower technology represents a cost-effective solution for the future of air traffic management. The team is now taking the next major step of making the Kongsberg Remote Tower an operational facility to begin its FAA type certification in 2023.”

The partnership agreement comes at a pivotal time in Concord’s growth. The city has grown over 33% over the past decade and is now one of the largest cities in North Carolina. City leaders continually strive to identify and implement initiatives that address the challenges and opportunities that come with being one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The partnership with KONGSBERG will enable the city to modernize the airport’s aging air traffic control infrastructure by harnessing the potential of new technology to reduce costs.

“It is important to address the rising cost of our brick-and-mortar tower and identify innovative ways to respond to the changing operating environment at the airport,” Dirk said. Vanderleest, director of aviation for the city of Concord. “The remote towers were designed to enable more efficient and cost-effective air traffic management, which is good news for our airport and many others across the country. We look forward to working with KONGSBERG, the FAA and our air traffic controllers on this exciting project. »

The Kongsberg Remote Tower will be located at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport and will provide secure, high-reliability video presentations from a camera sensor. KONGSBERG’s state-of-the-art electro-optical sensor technology is part of the system and is a direct derivative of the world’s most advanced military sensor technology. The 360-degree camera sensor will be used to replace the information controllers currently collect by looking out of tower cabin windows. The Remote Tower system also offers additional capabilities that will increase controller visibility areas and enhance them with infrared capabilities, increasing air safety.

“The Kongsberg Remote Towers system is operational in Europe, and we are proud to bring this revolutionary technology to Concord-Padgett Regional Airport,” said Kjetil Reiten Myhra, Executive Vice President, Integrated Defense Systems, Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. “KONGSBERG will work closely with local air traffic controllers to customize and adapt the system to support FAA remote tower type certification. We look forward to providing US airports with viable alternatives to traditional air traffic control towers and controllers with modern technology to perform their safety-critical services.

Final plans for the mast and operations center have been completed, and officials expect construction of the remote tower to begin in approximately 90 days.

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