Australia Unveils Major Air Navigation Upgrade Programme

2 August 2010 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2010 18:30)

Airservices Australia has launched a A$200m (US$180m) modernisation programme to upgrade air traffic control (ATC) and navigation infrastructure in Australia over the next 12 months. The government ATC agency's 2010/2011 capital expenditure programme will involve the installation of new

Airservices Australia has launched a A$200m (US$180m) modernisation programme to upgrade air traffic control (ATC) and navigation infrastructure in Australia over the next 12 months.

The government ATC agency's 2010/2011 capital expenditure programme will involve the installation of new surface movement radars in Brisbane and Perth Airports and the replacement of key enroute radars and instrument landing systems.

It will also include construction of new ATC towers at airports in Melbourne, Adelaide, Rockhampton and Broome, as well as the refurbishment and reopening of Karratha Airport's ATC tower.

The project will also upgrade aviation rescue and firefighting training facilities in Melbourne.

Airservices CEO Greg Russell said the 2010 expenditure programme was the largest in the organisation's 15 year history.

"Airservices is committed to ensuring the future of a safe, efficient and robust air traffic system in Australia," he said.