Craig Field Airport became the first controlled airport in 45 years.
Advanced ATC and its partner Indra Corporation installed a temporary mobile control tower at a former air force base in Selma. But that’s just the beginning. The virtual control tower will soon be up and running, and the first students will be enrolled in the academy, which will train air traffic controllers on a revolutionary new air traffic control system for smaller airports.
A virtual control tower is a system that uses video and computers to control up to 40 airports from one location, giving controllers a real-time view of the airports they manage. The virtual mission control center at Craig Field is the first of its kind in the United States.
Local leaders, state officials and executives from Advanced ATC and Indra Corporation met at Craig Field on January 20th to cut the ribbon for the mobile air traffic control tower. The Mobile Tower is the first step in his $5 million project to make Craigfield home to the United States’ first remote air traffic control center, and from 25 he will train 50 air traffic controllers in new technology. It is an academy for operation.
“Having managed the airspace here, buying fuel and seeing the amazing airport facilities we have here, I am confident that there will be a very significant increase in air traffic in and out of here,” said Advanced ATC Chief Operating Officer. Dan Cunningham said at the groundbreaking ceremony:
Jim Corrigan, executive director of Craig Field Airport and Industrial Park, said the airport would be much safer because no aircraft would land without first interacting with the tower. Businesses and industries are attracted to cities with controlled airports because they improve safety and efficiency, he said.
“Most importantly,[the tower]provides a controlled airspace,” Corrigan said. “This (temporary mobile) tower is operational. There are controllers on it. We have airspace up to 5 miles and 2,500 feet above.”
“We wanted controlled airspace,” Corrigan said. “This is just the beginning. Going forward, we plan to work with the FAA to certify remote tower operations.”
The new tower looks understated compared to the original glass tower that dominated Craig Field Airport’s skyline, but Corrigan says the new mobile tower will feature the latest technology, far superior to the old one. is installed.
Corrigan said it took time to bring mobile towers to Selma. They needed to find a tower, then he had to work with the FAA to manage the airspace and get the radio frequencies they needed. He thanked the Alabama Department of Commerce for helping Craig Airport acquire ownership of the five buildings he needed. “We just completed a $2 million renovation of our air traffic control center and air traffic control academy,” Corrigan said.
Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the Selma Dallas County Economic Development Authority, said: And every time he brought it up. ‘ The project has been in the works since 2017, he said.
Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. and Dallas County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Jimmy Nunn said the ribbon cutting came at a good time for the community.
“Frankly, the people of Selma need good news,” Perkins said. “I just finished a meeting with FEMA, State, Federal, and his EMA in Dallas County, and I told him I needed to be here. because you can use the
Nan agreed. “In light of what happened in Selma and Dallas County, it’s a great day for all of us to come together and get us all involved in something great,” Nunn said. It’s the perfect time to catch a glimpse of the hope that employees may have hope of being employed.”
Nunn explained that he wasn’t just talking about the recent tornadoes, but also the recent announcement that Ziegler Meets was shutting down and Sears Home Store was going out of business.