NAIA Gets Upgraded Air Traffic Management System


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.

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.

2 thoughts on “NAIA Gets Upgraded Air Traffic Management System

  1. What assurance does this equipment will help improve the flight traffic system in MANILA (NAIA) International Airport?
    Because the main issue is not just the equipment, its the system/order on take-off/landing and the personnel at ATC if they are trained the same as the airline pilot on particular special operational approvals. Any contingency plan regarding if this equipment was unexpectedly become ‘offline’ and unserviceable. So, flights will be diverted to subic or cebu or other airports. Again, this is not a solution. Government funds were being used without further studies and the involved agency is answerable to the Filipino people because this is the country money they are spending.

    I also learn that CAAP had purchase a 41 fire truck from US to be commissioned at different airports in the Philippines. Is there a further study on this or how about public bidding on this.

    Lastly, on CAAP logo being posted, I am sorry CAAP did change the logo because the present management of CAAP have change it without proper process/implementation……….. I remain

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