Phoenix goes digital with Frequentis

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport tower has been replaced by a new tower fitted with an integrated digital tower solution from Frequentis.

The digital tower solution consists of an IP voice communication solution, featuring the ED-137 standard, integrated recording and digital terminal information and weather services. The new digital solutions will support the additional growth expected in the region, including space for eight controllers.

Gateway Airport’s previous control tower was built in 1970 when the airport was known as Williams Air Force Base, serving as a training ground for US Air Force pilots. As a commercial airport, the air traffic control tower was not big enough to support the airport’s three 10,000ft runways.

US Representative Greg Stanton described the new tower as “an essential investment”, adding that it will “help it [the airport] becauseme an even more forceful economic engine for the East Valley and Arizona.”

The new tower is named the John S McCain III Control Tower, in memory of the late US senator.

“We appreciate our long-lasting relationship with Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and are a proud partner supporting the airport’s future with our integrated tower solution providing the flexibility needed to safely scale from current operation into the future.

“The project is also significant as it marks the first VCS connecting to IP radios using the ED-137 standard, also adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) going live into the US,” said Leonard Swiontek, president of Frequentis USA.

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