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.