About the Client

The client is an air control tower that handles air traffic on the airport surface and in the airspace within a five-mile mile radius, up to an altitude of 3,000 feet.  In 2015, they partnered with Evans, a leader in designing and installing control room solutions, to enhance the functionality and efficiency of their air traffic control towers. Back in 2015, our client invested in slatwall consoles that can accommodate both legacy and new equipment technology on a single console structure. However, in 2023, the FAA introduced a new electronic TFDM that required a more comprehensive upgrade. 


The primary challenge faced by this ATCT in 2023 was the transition from traditional, manual methods of managing aircraft via physical flight strips to a more advanced, electronic Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM) system. This transformation required not just a technological upgrade but also a physical reconfiguration of the control towers – live cutover, removal of physical flight strip trays, and installation of electronic touchscreen monitors. The aim was to integrate the new electronic systems seamlessly with the existing Evans slatwall consoles, ensuring minimal disruption to ongoing operations.

Scope of Work

Evans' engagement with the ATCT involved several key tasks:

  • Assessment and Planning: Understanding the specific needs of a control tower and planning the installation of new TFDM technology.
  • Customization of Workspaces: Design and install customized work surfaces, brackets, keyboards, and monitor mounts on the original Evans slatwall consoles.
  • Technology Integration: Installing 32" and 24" touchscreen monitors at 11 different locations within the tower, along with VESA mounted keyboard trays and mechanical tilt adjust features.
  • Live Cutover Implementation: Ensuring a smooth transition from physical flight strip trays to electronic touchscreen monitors, requiring meticulous planning and execution.


The project was a resounding success, with several notable outcomes:

  • Timely Delivery: Despite the complex nature of the project, Evans successfully completed the installation before the deadline in November 2023.
  • Enhanced Operational Efficiency: The new TFDM technology and ergonomic design of the control stations significantly improved the workflow and efficiency of air traffic controllers.
  • Future-Ready Infrastructure: The towers were now equipped with state-of-the-art technology, making them well-prepared for future advancements and challenges in air traffic management.

Slatwall on the original consoles was a key factor for the success of the TFDM upgrade — FAA was thrilled to be able to adjust equipment on monitor arms & along the slatwall to optimize the monitor locations — base cabinets provide storage space for added KVMs and fiber optic cables. Design & Fabrication were also key to completing all the required components with short lead times and allowing the FAA to complete this critical technology update on time.

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