PH civil aviation to adopt satellite-based technology


THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will be adopting satellite-based technologies that will put Philippine aviation at par with the rest of the world.

CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss said setting up the satellite-based Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) is a standard requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Hotchkiss said CAAP signed an agreement with Thales Australia and Pacific Hemisphere Development that will upgrade its aging Eurocat air traffic management system, a computerized air traffic control and management solution that controls en route, over-flights, arriving and departing air traffic from as far as 250 kilometers away.

The upgrade also covers the existing area control center and will be completed on the fourth quarter of this year at the projected cost of P159.9 million.

Hotchkiss said the ICAO has agreed to give the Philippines until 2016 to adopt the CNS/ATM as many countries around the world have already been using it for the last few years.

The improvement is essential for CAAP because the upgrade to the P13-billion next generation CNS/ATM project that was approved during the previous administration would be delayed and would not be installed until the end of 2015, Hotchkiss said.

Having a substitute high-tech air traffic system is very important for the CAAP, because if the old system bogs down, the operational load of air traffic will be affected, causing flight disruptions.

The technology is seen to put the country’s air traffic management system at par with other countries systems. It works by having aircraft transponders receive satellite signals and using transponder transmission to determine the precise locations of aircrafts in the sky.


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  1. bayan dina divert ng caap ang problema ng bansa sa cat-2 ng binigay ng faa in 2007, at indi mas yado ma reflect sila kasi wala parusa ginawa ang faa sa caap, business wise, pero sa PAL mayroon indi maka-extend o increase ang flight, at isa pa ang cebu pacific indi din maka-lipad sa USA ang application sa DOT (state department) naka hold. pinayagan ng EU na tangalin ang blacklist tungkol SSC safety significant concern, para maka-lipad sila sa EU, at ito ay na-lobby ng france kasi ang 7b USD naka hold sa contract para sa AIRBUS, galing france, at wala na order sa BOEING, hello anu kaya e bigay ng faa, clear sky. isa pa tungkol sa issue ito, mayroon na ang bayan ng satellite base navigation, since 2009 sa macc, project ng dotc pero ayaw gamitin ng caap, kasi indi thales at mura-pa, ginamit ng capp atc pang testing in 2011, pagkatapos tinigil ang operation kasi gumagana, at ito ang tunay ng technology INDI yung sinabi ng caap at mayroon na ang PINAS, WHAT A WASTE OF GOOD FILIPINO HARD EARN MONEY, MACC IS NOT A LOAN PROJECT FROM JAPAN,
    ADS-C — You can think of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) as a replacement for Air Traffic Control radar contact. When you have logged on to an Air Traffic Service Unit with ADS-C, you have agreed to contracts which send information to the ATSU, such as your position, on a regular basis. THRU a service provider SITA,
    CPDLC — You can think of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications as a replacement for your HF when oceanic and VHF over some domestic areas. It is far superior to your HF and has distinct advantages over VHF. THRU a service provider SITA which upload and download aircraft to atc/atc to aircraft text messages, pinoy di ako