Presentation of new Airspace Supervision & Efficiency Center (ASEC), which was opened at Heydar Aliyev International Airport jointly with Thales, was took place on the World Air Traffic Management Congress on March 07, 2018.
As part of the event, the launch of a new high-tech project on introducing the "Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower" with the AZANS Air Traffic Control Center at Heydar Aliyev International Airport was also announced. President of Azerbaijan Airlines Jahangir Asgarov and Vice President of Thales International Raphael Eskinazi signed the corresponding contract in Baku on February 8. The project will be implemented in a consortium with the French company Thales and the Canadian company Searidge, which specializes in introducing innovations in the aviation industry and is a "pioneer" in the development of digital air traffic control towers. allowing remote air traffic services operation of the Gabala International airport from Baku.
"Virtual tower" will allow remote air traffic services operation with the use of artificial intelligence and digital systems. At the same time, the required level of operational safety, equivalent to the level of a real tower controlled by air traffic controllers, is fully complied with, which will allow to timely adapt the business to the growing demands and the rapidly changing market of services.