Aviation Safety Agency

The first airport that operates without air traffic controllers, employs flight AFIS information system, and as we have said, does not require flight controllers has implanted in La Gomera (Canary Islands). The operation of arrival and takeoff are managed by specialized operators, providing all the information they need for the maneuvers the pilots. The number of operators is of five technicians, which replaced the control of the airport and are responsible for the management of air movement from the unique daily flights between la Gomera and Tenerife (roundtrip). The minimum activity of the airport makes this installation, perfect for testing the AFIS system, since at any time there is a confluence of several flights. In addition it should be noted that the meteorology and orographical factors (terrain) were exhaustively analyzed by AENA, whose security reports were approved by EASA (State Aviation Safety Agency).

According to statistics from the 2009 La Gomera where live 22.769 people (11.202 men and women 11.567), is characterized by the influx of tourists with offers of cheap hotels for your growing tourist activity since it boasts a national park that is heritage: a thick forest of great floristic richness and ghostly appearance, with many species already extinct and gentle Springs, definitely the ideal place for lovers of hiking, as shown on his official website. The main basis for the deployment, the cost of maintaining the operating airport with air traffic controllers, switching on this system involves a disbursement of 285,000 euros, compared to the 850,000 euros that implies maintaining a traditional control. The AFIS system provides all necessary data to guide the aircraft to the airport and the flight zone the pilot, these data are issued from the control tower. The system maintains surveillance and listening of all flight operations that occur at the airport and its vicinity, informing about eventual failures of equipment. The AFIS system is a first in Spain, but has already been implanted successfully in other 115 European airports, are ten countries who have this system among which must be highlighted: France, Portugal, Germany and the United Kingdom according to the study presented on the blog of, source of where we have compiled this news.