CAAP Rolls Out New Navigation System

In a bid to modernise the country's air navigation scene, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has launched a new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) System.

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The inauguration of the new system was attended by President Rodrigo Duterte, Transport secretary Arturo Tugade, senior transport officials, and representatives of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which helped finance the project.  It was held at the CAAP Compound in Pasay City.

The new system, already in place in several Asian and European countries, uses modern computer and satellite-based air traffic technology.  With this, it helps to ensure better safety of aircraft in the air, better identification of aircraft, and more efficient use of Philippine airspace thus helping to manage traffic and reduce delays.

The installation of the new CNS/ATM system, originally slated for completion in 2016, was subject to delays.  Tugade ordered the project to be expedited.  

When Tugade assumed his current position in 2016, the country only had three radars: Clark, NAIA, and Tagaytay.  Altogether, they only cover approximately 30% of the country.  Since then, the number of radars has more than quadrupled to 13 with radars in place such as Aparri, Laoag, Cebu, Quezon Palawan, and Zamboanga. 

The project was made possible by a ¥22-billion (US$198 million, £143 million) loan from JICA.  

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