Cranfield Airport becomes the UK’s first digital air traffic control centre

The UK’s first digital air traffic control centre at Cranfield Airport was officially opened last month by the aviation minister, Liz Sugg. Currie & Brown provided project management and principal designer services for construction and infrastructure installation on the project.

The control centre will digitise and integrate airport functions as well as improve the situational awareness of controllers, enabling quick and informed decisions. The new system provides a 360-degree view of the airport and its ability to zoom in on aircraft improves visibility.

Cranfield Airport is owned by Cranfield University, and the new air traffic control centre is part of the £67 million Digital Aviation Research Centre (DARTeC), which will open in 2020.

Chris Morris, associate at Currie & Brown, commented: “Currie & Brown is proud to be working with Cranfield University on delivering their masterplan targets. It is an exciting time for the university with this being the first phase delivered in the overall DARTeC project.”

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