This Mobile Visual Control Room (MVCR) Mk 2 was damaged in a road accident is being now offered for sale by the insurance company as a part of claims. Details of the unit are listed below:
The Mobile Visual Control Room (MVCR) Mk 2 is a mobile control tower designed for aviation use. The complete unit comprises a Control Cabin mounted on a hydraulically powered variable height platform, capable of being raised to a total working height of 6.5 meters, all of which is rendered mobile by mounting on a purpose-built trailer unit.
On-Board hydraulic and electrical systems are self-powered via two independent 3 phase supplies, rated for continuous use and of sufficient capacity to provide power in all circumstances. Uninterruptible power supplies provide >20 minutes of standby transmit/receive (Tx/Rx) capability in the event of total power failure.
The Control Cabin is equipped with all the normal radio and communication equipment usually found in static control rooms and is laid out in the same way to provide a totally familiar environment for Air Traffic Control (ATC) staff.
Heating and Air-conditioning modules, further maintain a normal operating environment.
A number of stowable antennas mount on the roof to provide Tx/Rx capability. These stow in side lockers provided on the trailer unit.
The end door is accessed via adjustable steps. These can be extended to provide three different working heights of the cabin depending upon requirements.
The purpose-built trailer is equipped with stabilizers which are deployed using hydraulic power. These stabilizers when deployed provide automatic leveling of the entire installation via vertical hydraulic adjustable legs which are controlled by a computerized leveling unit. In the event of failure of this unit, leveling can be affected via the trailer mounted hydraulic manifold which contains a series of lever-operated valves. All these controls are housed in a dedicated Hydraulic Locker adjacent to the hydraulic system pump and reservoir. A manual hydraulic pump allows emergency operation of the height adjustment and stowage of the stabilizers in the event of power failure.
Electrical distribution is provided via dedicated control panels situated in the electrical locker. These panels provide switching and numerous power outlets together with Comms connections including fiber-optic connection points.
Lightning protection is provided via a dedicated Lightning Mast. This is one of the roofs mounted masts and the air terminal is connected to the cabin earth system. It is essential that the Lightning Mast is mounted first when deploying the cabin to a new location.
Earthing is provided via an earth stake. It is essential that these are correctly deployed as lethal voltages (415Vac) are present as soon as the generator is started. Likewise, should external power from another source be used, the earth stake must still be operational or an alternative approved earth path be provided prior to connection (as this provides a path for any lightning strike, this should also be fully connected at the commencement of any deployment).
The entire unit is equipped with lifting eyes to allow for heli-lift and is certified for transportation via C17 or C130 aircraft.
The Mobile Visual Control Room comprises two main components:
The Control Room Cabin incorporates:
The Trailer Unit complete with Cabin elevation equipment comprises: