Philippines airport gets upgraded air traffic management system

22 January 2015 (Last Updated January 22nd, 2015 18:30)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has successfully commissioned the upgraded air traffic management (ATM) system at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has successfully commissioned the upgraded air traffic management (ATM) system at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Replacing the ageing Eurocat system deployed in 1996, the $3.59m ATM upgrade is capable of managing arriving and departing air traffic from about 250 nautical miles, as well as prevent frequent outages resulting in flights being cancelled or diverted or delayed, mainly during the rainy season.

CASA said in a statement: "The improvement is essential for CAAP because the P13-billion next-generation satellite-based communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) project that was signed during the previous administration was delayed and would not be in place until the end of 2016."

Further, the system would deliver stable and efficient traffic over Philippine airspace until NAIA completely transitions the CNS/ATM project.

"The improvement is essential for CAAP."

Built in collaboration between Thales Australia and Pacific Hemisphere Development, the CNS/ATM technology integrates a computer-based flight data processing system that allows aircraft operators to comply with their scheduled arrival and departure times.

Using CNS/ATM technology, aircraft transponders can communicate with satellite signals, using the transponder transmissions to accurately determine the aircraft location.

The system also enables them to follow their preferred flight profiles with least limitations and without compromising approved safety levels.

Though several nations have adopted the satellite-based CNS/ATM for the last few years, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has given signatory countries such as the Philippines to adopt the next-generation system until 2016.