Friday, October 2, 2015
‘Virtual’ control tower coming to Fort Collins-Loveland airport
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport will be an official test facility for a new air-traffic control system. Paid for through the Colorado Aviation Fund, the Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower (VATCT) uses ground-based video and aircraft ground detection components. This will replace the need for a traditional air traffic control tower, and can take advantage of the airport's close proximity to the FAA Approach and Air Route Traffic Control Centers located in Denver and Longmont.. The new VATCT should help market the airport for economic development, and possibly open up new routes in addition to the current flights to Rockford, IL and the recently announced Mesa, AZ.
For more information, read the article on BizWest.