Fiji will be introducing the automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast system (ADS-B) in all airports, a move considered to be the most comprehensive deployment of ADS-B in the world.
At present airports in Fiji have no radar systems and use a manual procedural separation system instead. The nation will introduce the technology in the first quarter of next year to be completed within 18 months.
ADS-B provides accurate information and frequent updates to airspace users and controllers, via a global navigation satellite system that periodically broadcasts position details and other information.
The equipment supports improved use of airspace, reduced ceiling / visibility restrictions, improved surface surveillance, and enhanced safety through better management.
Manager of technical services at airports of Fiji, Moagrava Elaisa said that having ADS-B will give Fiji's air traffic controllers a lot more confidence because they will be able to see targets.
"This will be an alternative mechanism to transition from procedural airspace to reduced separation based on surveillance. The fully integrated approach will also make this the most comprehensive use of ADS-B in the world," Elaisa said.
The system will be implemented by US company Era Systems, who provide the Era MSS surveillance system to provide the ADS-B and multilateration surveillance. Australian company Adacel will provide Adacel Aurora air traffic management software.
A spokesperson for Era said that the extensive package would improve all aspects of operations at Fijian airports.
"The package includes assistance in the redesign of the airspace to suit the new capabilities, development of safety case materials to support operational deployment, extensive technical and operational training, and the implementation of a flight yield aviation charging system which will help Airports of Fiji accurately assess end-user charges for airspace use," the spokesperson said.
By Daniel Garrun.