CAAP to upgrade air traffic control system

Posted at 02/02/14 12:59 PM

MANILA -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has signed a P159.9-million deal that will upgrade the ageing Eurocat air traffic management system, a computerized system that controls en route, overflights, arriving, and departing air traffic.

The CAAP said the upgrade is paramount because if the Eurocat bogs down, the operational load of air traffic will be affected and flights disruptions will have an effect on the Philippine airspace.

The upgrade is in partnership with Thales Australia and Pacific Hemisphere Development.

The Eurocat will be used until a P13-billion next-generation, satellite-based Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) will be in place. The project, signed during the previous administration, was delayed and would not be in place until the end of 2015.

The CNS/ATM will put the country on a par with the rest of the world. It works by having aircraft transponders receive satellite signals and using transponder transmissions to determine the precise locations of aircraft in the sky.

The International Civil Aviation Organization has agreed to give signatories until 2016 to adopt the CNS/ATM, which is already used by many countries around the world.