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Frequentis AG and DFS Aviation Services, a subsidiary of Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), the German air navigation service provider (ANSP), have signed an agreement to jointly deliver turnkey remote tower solutions for the air traffic management market, the companies announced at the World ATM Congress in Madrid on 6 March.

Remote tower control is a key topic in the air traffic domain. The concept of carrying out air traffic control services from any location and the ability to monitor several airports from a central location creates an exciting opportunity to change the way air traffic is monitored and managed going forward. This solution offers enormous potential in terms of process optimisation, utilisation of resources and functional synergies across multiple airport locations.

The two companies will form a joint venture company, Frequentis DFS Aerosense, to be based in Austria and managed by representatives of both companies: Katrin Scheidgen (DFS Aviation Services) and Christian Weiss (Frequentis) are the appointed managing directors of the joint venture.

Frequentis will contribute the technologies needed for state-of-the-art airport control, its expertise in developing customised remote tower systems and its worldwide network of subsidiaries and local representatives.

The two enterprises have already been working on the implementation of a remote tower centre at Leipzig Airport in Germany, where central control of the international airport of Saarbrücken will be carried out from the end of 2018, followed by Erfurt and Dresden.

“We are looking forward to this new way of working together with DFS on one of the fastest developing topics to digitalise air traffic control solutions. Significant cost savings and increased efficiency for ANSPs are driving forces for implementation. We are excited to be partnering with DFS Aviation Services, strengthening our potential and sharing our joint knowledge in order to promote the technical, operational, and economic potential to global customers,” observed Hannes Bardach, CEO of Frequentis AG.

“Remote tower control means a change of paradigm in the provision of aerodrome control services. It offers the same safe and professional air navigation services our customers are used to. We are pleased to be working together on such a key technology for air navigation service providers. Both companies are leaders in their areas of expertise. Only the combination of the technical expertise with the individual requirements of an ANSP enables a successful remote tower project. We are confident that our joint venture will succeed and become a leading market player in remote tower control solutions,” commented Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and CEO of DFS.

“The topic will have a positive effect on air traffic control and its performance. Together with our partner Frequentis, we will be able to get the maximum benefit for our customers,” added Dirk Mahns, Managing Director of DFS Aviation Services.

From left to right: Norbert Haslacher, Chief Sales Officer and member of the executive board at Frequentis; Hannes Bardach, CEO of Frequentis; Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, CEO at DFS; and Dirk Mahns, Managing Director of DFS Aviation Services. (Photo: Frequentis AG)

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