(16 Mar 2022, 11:31 +07)
Saab has been awarded a contract from the Kansas
City Aviation Department for a Virtual Ramp Control System (VRCS)
at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) for its New Terminal
which is currently under construction.
The VRCS will
coordinate the movement of aircraft between the
airport’s movement area, controlled by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) – Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), and
non-movement area, controlled by the airport.
centralized camera houses and additional distributed cameras, ramp
controllers at MCI will have full digital visibility to coordinate
traffic flow between all the gates and aircraft
Saab Digital Tower
Camera views will be integrated into Saab’s Aerobahn Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) platform and
facilitate orderly coordination between the FAA Ground Control
crews, airline operations, MCI airport operations, deicing
operations and MCI snow removal crews.
The turnkey system, to be implemented in three
phases, is scheduled to
be completed in 2023, when a 5-year ramp control service
The ramp control services will be provided through
Saab’s partner, Robinson Aviation (RVA), Inc.
“Saab has pioneered the use of Digital Ramp
Control with the combination of a virtual out-the-window view
paired with our industry leading Aerobahn suite,” said Erik Smith,
President and CEO of Saab in the U.S. “With a similar
implementation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH),
Saab’s Digital Ramp Control solution delivers increased traffic
efficiencies, streamlined communications between key stakeholders,
and a significant cost savings to both airlines and airports.”
This project supports MCI’s ongoing construction
project to replace three aging terminals with one new single
terminal and parking garage, also targeted for completion in the
beginning of 2023.
The new single terminal will include 39 gates,
improve the airport configuration to accommodate more efficient
aircraft movements, expand waiting areas and amenities, and
improve the passenger flow throughout the airport and parking