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Remote control not new

 

Voice recorders and a desk from which Flight Service officers
at the Alice Springs airport assisted pilots flying in the vast and
sparsely populated Central Australian outback. The facility, once
employing two dozen highly skilled people, was shut down in 1992. The
equipment shown is now in the aviation museum which is part of the
Araluen complex.

 

"There has definitely been no diminishing of services out of the Alice Springs tower."

So said Airservices Australia manager of corporate communications Rob
Walker, responding to concerns that a remote system, to be tried out
next year, may replace with cameras the human beings in the traffic
control tower at the airport.

In fact, there has been quite a lot of diminishing.

Until the early 1990s the tower was staffed 24/7, was in charge of
all air traffic over Central Australia, international jets and all, and
had about a dozen highly qualified controllers living here in Alice
Springs.

Today the tower is staffed 8am to 6pm Sunday to Friday, and 8am to
7pm Saturdays, looks after only low-level traffic in the close vicinity
of Alice Springs, and has a total staff of four. Brisbane and
Melboure now look after the rest.

The flight information service, Flight Service as we used to call it, has been shut down altogether. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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