Contingency at Charleroi and Liege airports

As part of our framework contract with skeyes, Helios was asked to conduct a feasibility study for a contingency solution such as remote towers, in the event of a service discontinuity.

Customer

skeyes - the Belgian air navigation and traffic service provider.

Problem

Charleroi and Liege airports were looking to introduce a contingency solution that would ensure air traffic control (ATC) services could continue, and that each airport could therefore continue operations in the event of service discontinuity (eg an evacuation of the tower). skeyes, as the provider of ATC, began to investigate tower contingency solutions that would ensure resilience of service taking account of the future sustainability and cost efficiency of different options, and recognising the recent advances in technology such as remote or digital towers.

Role of Helios

As part of our framework contract with skeyes, Helios was asked to conduct a feasibility study to define realistic options for providing contingency at the two airports and assess their feasibility, including: risks; benefits; implementation timelines; a business case and cost-benefit analysis.

Results

The study identified a number of options, including several Digital Tower concepts. The assessment considered the potential of each option to generate the greatest benefits, over the short and longer terms. It also analysed the challenges to implementation such as integration with existing systems and procedures as well as the safety, security and staffing challenges. A recommendation was made and presented to the airports for their consideration and final decision.

For further information about this project please contact James Hanson.

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