ED Decision 2023/005/R

Guidance material on remote aerodrome traffic services — Issue 3

Issue 3 of the GM on remote aerodrome air traffic services

The concept of remote provision of aerodrome air traffic services (ATS) (commonly known as ‘remote towers’ or ‘remote tower operations’, sometimes referred to as ‘digital towers’) enables the provision of aerodrome ATS from locations/facilities where direct visual observation is not available. Instead, the provision of aerodrome ATS is based on a view of the aerodrome and its vicinity through means of technology. The term that is used to describe this is ‘remote aerodrome ATS’.

The objective of this ED Decision is to address the evolving technological, procedural, and operational aspects of remote aerodrome ATS, with the aim of facilitating its safe implementation by the EASA Member States in accordance with the objectives of ATS, and of promoting the development and deployment of new digital technologies. Issue 3 of the Guidance Material is intended to support the stakeholders involved, in particular air navigation service providers (ANSPs), aerodrome operators, and national competent authorities (NCAs) in the decision-making and implementation activities in the application of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (the ‘Basic Regulation’), Regulation (EU) 2017/373 (the ‘ATM/ANS Common Requirements Regulation’), Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 (the ‘Aerodrome Regulation’), Regulation (EU) 2015/340 (the ‘ATCO Licensing Regulation’) and Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 (the standardised European rules of the air (SERA) Regulation).