P9.4-B air traffic project to be completed in June


By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The country will have a world-class air traffic service by mid-2017, when the P9.4 billion (¥22-million) Communications Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) project starts operating, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Australia, Taiwan and Europe employ the same state-of-the-art computer and satellite-based technology to manage their air traffic flow more efficiently.

In particular, the CNS/ATM flight data processing system, a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded project, uses aircraft transponders to receive satellite signals and determine the precise locations of planes in the sky.

It enables aircraft operators to meet their departure and arrival schedules and choose their preferred flight profiles while prioritizing passenger safety and security.

The project, now 92 percent complete, also includes the establishment of a central traffic control complex housed in the CAAP office in Manila, as well as ten radar sites covering the entire Philippine Flight Information Region (FIR).

By June, this year, the Philippines would be able to use the system to monitor 80 percent of the Manila Flight Information Region assigned to the country by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Over the next five years, the CAAP needs to hire 500 air traffic controllers (ATC) as part of the project.