First Remote Air Traffic Control to be Built in Alabama

Advanced ATC Inc. will build the first remote air traffic control center at a public airport in Dallas County, Alabama.

Advance ATC Inc., an air traffic control academy based in Valdosta, Georgia, announced at a press conference held at Craig Field on Thursday their plans to invest roughly $4.7 million at Craig Air Field in Dallas County.

“Remote towers represent an important and innovative step in airspace modernization efforts in the US, and I’m excited to see Advanced ATC establish its pioneering operation at Craig Field. This virtual tower represents another example of how our state is at the leading edge of trends shaping the future of aviation and aerospace for the US,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Advance ATC Inc. will equip the remote tower center in Selma to support aviation expansion and air traffic control services for up to 40 airports across the US.

Advanced ATC will hire 28 people for the Craig Field operation in the first year, with a $3.1 million annual payroll.

Made in Alabama reported that Advanced ATC expects the employment figure will rise to as many as 119 within five years, with an annual payroll of $8 million.

Advanced ATC will collaborate with Spain-based Indra Corp., a manufacturer of aviation navigation systems and a leader in remote tower technology, on the Selma project. 

Indra Corp. will provide personnel, software, and logistics support for all remote tower systems deployed in North America.

Advanced ATC will also create the world’s first international training academy at Craig Field to provide operational training and certifications for remote tower air traffic controllers, housing, and training between 25 to 50 students per year.

“After several years of working with the Craig Field Airport Authority and the Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority, we are thankful for them being able to promote this project with the Alabama Department of Commerce and Governor Kay Ivey. We are thrilled to reach a win-win agreement and are very anxious to get started making aviation history at Craig Field,” said Monica Cunningham, the President of Advanced ATC.

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