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CAAP shortens schedule of air system maintenance

May 5, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 273 views

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced that the schedule for the Air Traffic Management Center Corrective Maintenance Activity on May 17, 2023 will be adjusted in just two (2) hours.

The maintenance activity will be conducted from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

CAAP already canceled the initial Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and issued NOTAM B1553/23 as of Friday (May 5) after coordination with stakeholders.

CAAP is set to implement contingency procedures through direct coordination with adjacent Flight Information Regions (FIRs), which will help to minimize disruption to air traffic operations.

The aviation authority said that it assures the public that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and efficiency of air travel during the maintenance activity. “We apologize for any inconvenience that this schedule change may cause, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain the recommended standards of air traffic management in the country.”

To further enhance the country’s Air Traffic Management System and strengthen partnerships with neighboring counterparts, CAAP also hosted a two-day collaboration activity with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) last May 3 to 4, 2023, where both aviation authorities delved into technical topics related to the upcoming maintenance activities, covering contingency plans, best practices, and recommendations to ensure a seamless process in air traffic management.

The delegation from CAA Singapore was composed of experts who brought their valuable expertise, including Loo Chee Beng, Director of Aeronautical Telecommunications and Engineering; Vincent Hwa, Director of Air Traffic Services; Joe Chua, Senior Chief ATS; Christina Ong, Head of Air Traffic Management Systems Projects; Bryan Cheng, Head of Information Air Traffic Management Branch; and Ng Jingfeng, Head of Mechanical and Electrical.

The CAAS team’s observations and recommendations during their visit to the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) played a pivotal role in identifying areas for improvement that would enhance its safety and efficiency.