FOR fast and efficient air travel, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines inaugurated the country’s new Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) as part of modernization program of air transport system.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, DoTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo, National Security Council Assistant Director General Lorenzo A. Clavejo, and CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, attended the event held at the ATMC on Monday at the CAAP compound in MIA Road.
Sydiongco said the new system, which was first inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte last January 16, will help improve ASEAN connectivity, enhance aviation safety, optimize Philippine airspace, reduce CO2 emissions, and promote greener skies.
It will be recalled that last November 15 and December 15, the Manila and Clark airspace radar approach control service was successfully transferred to the new ATMC, respectively. By April 2019, the Davao airspace radar approach control service is set to be transferred to the new ATMC as well, completing the transition of approach facilities to the new ATMC.
The integration to the new system will bring modernized facilities that will help the country catch up to the aviation infrastructure of its neighbors. Among the new facilities that will be utilized at the Manila Control Tower, include a new Tower Cab Console, which is an upgrade from the manually-inputted flight progress strips and an Air Situation Display (ASD), which will provide seamless air/ground support to Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in pre-planning and managing aerodrome traffic effectively.
Aside from these control tower upgrades, the new ATMC will also house the country’s Aeronautical Information Service (AIS), the Manila Aeronautical Data Communication Center (ADCC), and the Philippine Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (PARCC).
A key unit of the AIS is the Flight Planning and Briefing unit responsible in managing the central flight plan of both domestic and international flights used to ensure that all flight plans filed and associated Air Traffic Service (ATS) messages are syntactically and semantically correct.