MOTC head inspects new air traffic control tower

SMART FACILITY: The design of the new tower, which is 19m taller than the current one, was inspired by Queen’s Head rock in Yehliu and it includes 15 advanced systems

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter, at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s new control tower is to officially begin operations on Dec. 16, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said after inspecting the tower’s facilities yesterday afternoon.

The present tower has been in use for 40 years, while the number of aircraft landing at and departing from the airport has risen from less than 100 per day to more than 700, Lin said.

As the airport’s air traffic controllers now direct more than 250,000 aircraft movements per year, its tower has to have smarter facilities, he said.

“The design of the new control tower was inspired by the Queen’s Head in Yehliu Geopark. It has integrated aviation control, automatic dependent surveillance, aviation weather and 12 other advanced systems, enabling air traffic controllers to safely and efficiently guide flight operations with the assistance of intelligent facilities,” Lin said.    [FULL  STORY]

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