DANS to seek bids for remote control service
Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), the air navigation service provider for Dubai's two international airports and the airspace of the Northern Emirates, will shortly issue an RFP for the first version of a remote aerodrome control service (RACS), writes Barbara Saunders.
The company’s Vice President Strategy, Nils Svan, said the move follows a detailed study of requirements and the first RACS version will focus on providing business continuity.
The Remote Tower concept enables Air Traffic Control services (ATS) and Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS) to be provided at aerodromes where such services are either currently unavailable, or where it is difficult or too expensive to implement and staff a conventional manned facility.
Speaking on the side lines of the Global Airport Leaders Forum in Dubai, Svan said four international companies – three European and one Canadian – will be asked to pitch. The RFP, he said, would likely be issued “in a month or two” with an appointment being made “by the end of the year.” Implementation, said Svan, “will take a while” but would be “short and swift.”
“The regulator has been with us on this and has been very supportive,” he added.
The RCAS is expected to be the first civil application of its kind in the Middle East and, according to Svan, “the first application in a very busy environment.”
“We believe in RACS,” Svan told the Forum. “If we want to service five runways at Al Maktoum International Airport we need this. Our business driver is to use it as a business continuity option and foremost for the future is utilising the digital images differently than we do today.”
Svan told delegates that DANS’ current focus is on throughput “so that capacity is not constrained” but said the focus would shift “as more runways are built.”
“We are moving the problems further out and are working collaboratively with the GCAA on solutions,” he added.