The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency accepted from the Contractor the Air Traffic Control Center in the vicinity of Poznań-Ławica Airport. This is from where the air traffic throughout Poland will be supervised. It is also the first investment of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) in infrastructure for the needs of the cpk.
Remote Tower is a technology enabling air traffic control in a given airport from another place, located even several hundred kilometers away – with the use of advanced digital video and sound transmission means. The Poznań investment was accepted from the Contractor on June 15. Today, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, accompanied by the President of the CPK Mikołaj Wild and Janusz Janiszewski, the President of PANSA, visited a new facility in the vicinity of Poznań-Ławica Airport.
Major investments start with smaller steps. Today, the vision of the CPK slowly becomes a reality. The facility in Poznań is the first of the PANSA investments in infrastructure for the needs of the CPK and it is also the place where technologies used at all airports in Poland and, I hope, in the world
Poland's position on the global aviation market is increasingly stronger. This applies not only to more flights and supported directions, but also to the development of the entire back-up facilities of the aviation sector. I am glad that Poznań, thanks to this investment, becomes a bright point on the map of aeronautical technological innovations
The Air Traffic Control Center in Poznań is a three-level, self-sufficient, ecological complex built in the place of the old radar tower. The agreement for the execution of the investment was concluded with Hochtief Polska in May 2018. The value of the investment amounted to PLN 91.5 million. The Contract was performed in the design and build formula within 25 months. The order covered the design and construction of a new Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC) together with technical infrastructure, demolition of the existing facilities, adaptation and modernization of a 24-meter high tower, construction of an access road and a parking lot.
In a complex with an area of almost 10 thousand sqm, there are, among others, two rooms with an area of 1,280 sqm each, two twin server rooms (with an area of 570 sqm each), welfare facilities prepared for the controllers', technicians' and programmers' teams, including 50 sleep capsules. The facility is equipped with two independent power supplies from the power grid and, additionally, two power-generating units with power output of 1.5 MW each, which could supply power to a medium-sized city, and for this purpose it is protected by UPS systems with accumulator batteries. In the complex there is a gas extinguishing center of specialist control equipment, five heat pumps with a ground exchanger with power output of approx. 240 kW, based on 35 boreholes with a depth of 200 m, ensuring ecological and self-sufficient power supply, as well as stations prepared for charging electric cars or a place for leaving bicycles.
Exactly a year ago, together with Poznań University of Technology and Poznań Center for Supercomputer and Networking (PCSN), we launched the NaviHub project. The innovation laboratory, which will be based here, will also allow for further development of the system of coordination of PANSA UTM drone flights
The investment is compliant with the CPK construction plans, on the premises of which the conventional tower will be built, but the remote technology with the use of the new control center in Poznań will be used as an emergency solution. As part of the CPK project, the CPK Airport will be built at a distance of 37 km west of Warsaw, at the area of approx. 3,000 hectares, closely integrated with railway and roads, which in the first phase it will have the capacity of 45 million passengers per year.
The CPK is not only a new transfer airport for Poland and Europe, but also a widely understood infrastructure implemented in various places of the country. Just as PANSA is an important part of the entire CPK project, we hope that the solution developed at the Air Traffic Control Center in Poznań will serve not only the CPK, but also all regional airports in Poland
The project will be started up operationally in several stages. The whole process should be completed within two years.
In the Poznań center, there will be set up a back-up center for the Air Traffic Management Center (CZRL) in Warsaw, from which the traffic control service for the airports in Poland will be provided, as well as a technology development center, the task of which will be to create expertise in the area of traffic control and to build a back-up of high-quality specialists in areas related to aviation and modern technologies.
The competency Center will also be a strategic location for the collection, integration, processing, analyzing and distribution of aeronautical data to all stakeholders.