Published on May 30th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


The IAA Launch Electronic Flight Strips at Dublin Airport

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) deployed a new Electronic Flight Strips system, E-STRIPs supplied by Saab, at Dublin Air Traffic Control tower on the 17th May. Saab E-STRIPS is a proven, reliable, state-of-the-art electronic flight-progress strip system developed for replacing paper strips in tower and approach environments. E-STRIPS will assist the IAA and Dublin Air Traffic Control in managing airborne and surface air traffic in a more efficient manner with enhanced safety features. The E-STRIPS system has a number of other benefits including;

  • Automation of aircraft flight strip processing
  • Introduction of a recording and playback function for flight strip interaction
  • Improving the efficiency and safety of Tower Operations through the programming of strict business rules and additional safety nets
  • Act as an enabler for the introduction of Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) at Dublin Airport (CDM is one of the SESAR Work Packages and will be required to meet the requirements of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation).

Back in June 2015, defence and security company Saab signed a contract with the IAA to deliver a Remote Tower Centre to Dublin Airport and the corresponding remote tower installations at Cork and Shannon Airport. Electronic Flight Strips (EFS) were also included in the order to be installed at all three airports.

Saab’s Remote Tower solution is the world’s first operational and approved system. The Remote installations at Cork and Shannon are being operated from Dublin Remote Tower Centre and are a part of the large scale evaluation being carried out by SESAR, Single European Sky ATM Research. Speaking following the agreement in 2015, Anders Carp, head of Saab business unit Traffic Management said “Implementing Saab’s Remote Tower and Electronic Flight Strips, Irish Aviation Authority takes air traffic control to a new level. Everyday more of our customers discover the benefits of increased capacity and efficiency from Saab’s Tower Systems.” Read more about the IAA Remote Tower trials here.

Peter Kearney, IAA Director of Air Traffic Management Operations & Strategy said “The IAA continuously introduces innovative Air Traffic Management solutions which provide enhanced services to our customers and increases safety and productivity in our business. The Electronic Flight Strips system features automated safety nets strengthening the safety of airport surface operations. The system also reduces controller workload as controller inputs are minimized through one-click actions.”

Dublin airport was the fastest growing airport in Europe in 2016 and growth remains strong as it is anticipated that over 30 million passengers will use the airport in 2017. The IAA continues to invest to meet this demand ahead of the expected delivery of a parallel runway by the daa in 2021.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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