Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower Tour


The Federal Aviation Administration in collaboration with the Colorado Aeronautics Division selected the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport for its first virtual air traffic control tower in the nation.  It will employ advanced sensor technology and cameras to collect data and feed information to a central location where controllers will be able to communicate with and direct airplanes in the vicinity of the airport.

 The system is designed with advanced, ground-based sensor technology to monitor aircraft movement, providing remote air traffic controllers with the same information a brick-and-mortar tower would give them.  The system will be unique to the NoCo airport’s layout, with a central tower and two end towers, one at each far end of the runway area to eliminate blind spots.  Each tower is equipped with cameras -  the central tower has 17, arranged to give controllers a 360-degree view of the airport, and the end towers each have six.  The camera data can be zoomed, tilted and panned via remote control and preset settings. There’s a night-vision setting that illuminates the runways with neon lights and dims the screen for better visibility.

US Citizenship required. Group size will be limited. IEEE members receive preference.

  Date and Time




  • Ft. Colins Loveland Airport
  • 4900 Earhart Road
  • Loveland, Colorado
  • United States 80538
  • Building: Remote Tower Building
  • Starts 22 January 2020 08:00 PM
  • Ends 19 February 2020 07:50 PM
  • All times are America/Denver
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