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Dublin Airport has an overhauled air traffic control system as it anticipated handling 30m passengers this year and having a second runway in place by 2021.

The Irish Aviation Authority has deployed the Saab-built Electronic Strips system, E-STRIPs, at Dublin’s Air Traffic Control tower. The IAA said E-STRIPS will assist the IAA and Dublin Air Traffic Control in managing airborne and surface air traffic in a more efficient manner with enhanced safety features.

Saab says the new system will reduce the workload of air traffic controllers, who will have an up-to-date view of the situation on and around the airport through the presentation of integrated, reliable and timely movement data on all working positions of aircraft.

New E-STRIPS ATC system, Dublin Airport

New E-STRIPS ATC system, Dublin Airport

Safety-wise, Saab said “automated safety nets are provided“, and “users are prevented from entering unsafe or unexpected inputs and it is possible to fall back to a paper strips mode of operation in an emergency“.

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The new system will act as an enabler for the introduction of Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) at Dublin Airport, which will be required to meet the requirements of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation).

The E-STRIPS system is already in use in airports such as Stockholm Arlanda, Helsinki Vantaa, Sundsvall and Örnsköldsvik in Sweden, and Kassel Airport in Germany.

Peter Kearney, IAA Director of Air Traffic Management Operations & Strategy, said: “The IAA continuously introduces innovative Air Traffic Management solutions which provide enhanced services to our customers and increases safety and productivity in our business. The Electronic Flight Strips system features automated safety nets strengthening the safety of airport surface operations. The system also reduces controller workload as controller inputs are minimized through one-click actions.”


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