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Demonstrate Remote Autonomous Air Traffic Advisory System

Demonstrate an autonomous system that meets flight requirements for

small airports and commercial operators.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Brings Nextgen benefits to small airports not currently available.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

"Demonstrate an autonomous system that meets flight requirements for
small airports and commercial operators."

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)
  1. Demonstrate to airport operators, pilots, state and federal authorities, advanced airport technology that provides
    new levels of service, including, area traffic, runway, windshear
    , crosswind, radio check and more.
  2. Explore, integrate and test innovative sensors and technologies to enhance current capabilities.
  3. Develop new methods and technologies to delivering new air traffic service levels.
  4. Gather user comments and performance history to develop an assessment of the efficacy, accuracy and reliability
    of the system and services provided.
Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

Budget estimated $500,000 to cover cost of anticipated equipment, deployment, acquisition of additional se
nsors for
evaluation, integration, engineering and test of additional sensors and capabilities, flight tests, data gathering, data
reduction, data analysis, preparation of reports by independent parties, and travel as needed.
Air traffic services enhance safety. The challenge is exploring, developing and deploying more cost
-effective
solutions that can increase service levels across a broader scope of smaller airports.
This technology offers an autonomous platform to cost
-effectively and safely coordinat
e a mix of high and low
-
speed, IFR and VFR aircraft, as well as remotely coordinate with distant air traffic control.
Traditional Control Towers, as well as Remote
-Tower solutions, remain costly and complex to deploy, and continue
to impose cost
-prohibiti
ve operating expenses beyond the budgets of most smaller airports.
A quick
-to-deploy, easily sustainable autonomous alternative offers to enhance flight safety across the board,
broadening both scope and availability of services, by cost
-effectively provi
ding basic tower
-like service levels 24/7,
practical at smaller airports anywhere and everywhere.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

Remote Tower proposals from SAAB Sensis (Sweden), Kongsberg (Norway), SeaRidge (Canada), and more, FAA
aviation weather cameras, Alaska w
eather cameras, weather requirements, HEMS, ASD
-X, FOD detection,
Perimeter security, and more.

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