Papua New Guinea Air Services to deploy COMSOFT message handling system

12 June 2013 (Last Updated June 12th, 2013 18:30)

COMSOFT has received a contract from air navigation services provider (ANSP) Papua New Guinea Air Services (PNGAS) to deliver its Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) solution, AIDA-NG.

POrts Moreby airport

COMSOFT has received a contract from air navigation services provider (ANSP) Papua New Guinea Air Services (PNGAS) to deliver its Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) solution, AIDA-NG.

Installation of the AMHS solution will make PNGAS's main site located in Papua New Guinea's capital city Port Moresby, an aeronautical message hub to serve airports in the country and to Brisbane.

Following the deployment of the AHMS solution, Papua New Guinea will join other neighbouring countries like Australia, Fiji and New Zealand who already operate COMSOFT's AMHS solution.

Being the third largest island country in the world, Papua-New Guinea depends heavily on air travel owing to difficult terrain and poor road links, and the deployment of HMHS solution will improve safety of air travel.

PNGASL captain Ted Pakii said that the ANSP's aim is to improve and expand air navigation services so that it is safe, reliable and dependable, as well as affordable and accessible to all.

"Air travel is essential in Papua New Guinea as mountainous terrain limits road travel," Pakii said.

"Our goal is to create a seamless airspace with fully integrated and reliable air traffic services now, and for the future."

"Papua New Guinea will join other neighbouring countries like Australia, Fiji and New Zealand who already operate COMSOFT's AMHS solution."

The project also includes countrywide distribution of COMSOFT's Aeronautical Data Access System (CADAS) data terminals deployed to airports including Madang, Mount Hagen, Goroka, Nazdab and Tokua.

The new system will also offer operators direct access to aeronautical data including flight plans, NOTAMs and weather information.

PNG Air Services offer AIM services, communication services and search and rescue coordination, plus services to remote regions of the country via an extensive communications network.

COMSOFT's AIDA-NG solution provides integrated and uniform message handling facilities, while its ability to generate XML-based formats is anticipated to play a vital role in future air traffic management.


Image: Port Moresby international airport will act as an aeronautical message hub for airports in Papua-New Guinea, while also internationally to Brisbane.