PH Air Traffic Management to be fully ready soon

THE Philippines 10.8 billion Communication, Navigation, Surveillance-Air Traffic Management still needs to be fine-tuned to be fully operational before the end of 2018.

This was disclosed Tuesday by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio saying that fine tuning would take a lot of time but just a few steps from becoming at par with other countries.

“The fine tuning or “shadowing” started last October. We’re hoping that the system would be fully operational before the end of the year,” Apolonio said in an interview during the inauguration of the CNS-ATM system, which President Rodrigo Duterte led.

Fine tuning is the process in which parameters of a model must be adjusted very precisely in order to agree with certain observations, or effectiveness.

Apolonio added that because of the CNS/ATM, the CAAP would be able to monitor 80 percent of the Manila Flight Information Region (FIR) as assigned to the Philippines by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

With President Duterte, other officials who attended the inauguration of the CNS/ATM are Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, other Cabinet officials and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda.

Later, Duterte, CAAP and other aviation officials made an ocular inspection of the satellite-based computers and communication systems.

The high-tech equipment, which was partly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), provide safer and more efficient air traffic management flow in the country, and will enable airlines to meet departure and arrival schedules.

Before, the CAAP only used only three radars (Ninoy Aquino International Airport 1, Clark, and Tagaytay) in managing the country’s air traffic. As a result, it could only cover 30 percent of Philippine air space.

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From three radars, the CAAP put up 10 additional radars in Aparri, Laoag, Cebu-Mt Majic, Quezon-Palawan, Zamboanga, NAIA 2, Mactan, Bacolod, Kalibo and Davao, which the agency said will now be able to cover 70 percent of Philippine air space.

Out of the 13 radars, five are en route radars while the rest are terminal radars.

The completion of the state-of-the-art computer and satellite-based air traffic system, was delayed for two years and it was only prioritized when President Duterte came into office, the CAAP said.
Sydiongco added the new system will be more effective with the introduction of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and the Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC).

The CNS/ATM will be able to cover 100 percent of the remaining oceanic airspace, hence increasing air traffic safety and capacity in the oceanic region of the Manila FIR.

The new system works by sending satellite signals to aircraft transponders and by using transponder transmissions to determine precise locations of aircraft in the sky.

The next generation satellite-based CNS/ATM would be able to reduce air traffic congestion and it will be more efficient, according to CAAP.

The advantage of the new system, it is more precise and have a wider coverage, and those not covered by it would be taken over by satellites.

The new system will introduce Air Traffic Flow Management and Air Space Management functions, which optimize the use of airport capacity thus minimizing delays and allowing more flexible and user-preferred air route selection.

The CNS/ATM would enhance the tracking and billing of all overflights, as well as international and domestic flights, from which the CAAP derives its air navigation charges.

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