METRO MANILA - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) under the Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently unveiled an early gift to Filipinos this Year-- the operationalization of the new Communications Navigation Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system by end of June 2017.
This CNS/ATM system is a state-of-the-art computer and satellite based air traffic management technology that will put the Philippines at the same level with other developed countries in the world by having aircraft transponders receive satellite signals and using transponder transmissions to determine the precise locations of aircraft in the sky.
Thus, this project aims to provide a more efficient, economic, and safer air traffic flow management in the country. Currently, the same technology is being used by Australia, Taiwan, and other European states.
The technology-based flight data processing system of the CNS/ATM system will likewise enable aircraft operators to meet their departure and arrival schedules, and choose their preferred flight profiles with minimum inhibitions while prioritizing the safety and security of their passengers.
The 22-Million Yen project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) includes the establishment of a central traffic control complex housed in the CAAP office in Manila, as well as ten (10) radar sites that cover the entire Philippine Flight Information Region (FIR). It is now 92% complete.
Upon completion of the project, the Philippines would be able to monitor 80 percent of the Manila Flight Information Region as assigned to the Philippines by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). With this, CAAP will need to engage the services of 500 air traffic controllers (ATC) over the next five years.