eSTRIP System for Helsinki Air Traffic Control

Helsinki International Airport is set to get a new ATC system known as eSTRIP. The air traffic control system will limit the movement of aircraft onto runways and taxiways without specific permissions, managed by a core electronic tool.

In a Helsinki International Airport press release, issued at the end of August, eSTRIP is described as among the world's most advanced air traffic control systems.

"Globally, the new system is the most modern in its class", Helsinki's Anne llola explains. "In a unique way, it combines the aircraft route clearance from traffic control, permissions to move in the area and a status picture from the radar system.

"The integration of the system into the control of runway lights enables automatic control of the airfield lighting, which, in turn, provides our customers added safety."
eSTRIP Air Traffic Control System

The integration of the eSTRIP air traffic control system will see vehicles operating on Helsinki's liveside supplied with radio transmission equipment, along with a positioning system.

Combined, these technologies will give the airport's air traffic control team real-time insight into what's happening, alongside automatic aircraft and vehicle ID updates.

The goal of eSTRIP's installation is to create a safe and smoothly-functioning aircraft operation framework at Helsinki, allowing for an expected increase in scheduled arrivals and departures in future years.
eSTRIP: Helsinki Airport ATC

Helsinki Airport will gain elements of eSTRIP on an incremental basis and the site's already been prepared for it: last year, its ATC system was upgraded in readiness for its arrival.

Helsinki International is Finland's main airport and a hub for many different carriers including Finnair and Air Finland. Operations there are the responsibility of Finnish airport group Finavia and, in 2010, it handled close to 13 million passengers.

Helsinki is one of 25 Finnish airports under Finavia's maintenance and, between January and June 2011, their combined passenger traffic rose by 18 per cent compared to January-June 2010.