CAAP to conduct corrective maintenance of ATMC

April 28, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 537 views

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced that a “corrective maintenance” activity will be conducted at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) on May 3 and 17, 2023.

The corrective maintenance activity is necessary to repair the Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR), replace the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), and upgrade the Air Traffic Management System (ATMS) A/B power supply.

The facility houses the Communications, Navigations, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system, which manages and supervises the air traffic activities within the Philippine Flight Information Region (FIR).

The ATMS power supply upgrade will involve the installation of a bypass panel to provide seamless ATMS operation and the reconfiguration of the existing distribution panel to segregate ATM system A (voice) and ATM system B (data), resulting in the UPS and AVR serving as each other’s backup in case the other power supply encounters a problem.

An AVR functions as a protection against surges as it regulates the voltage delivered to devices, and a UPS ensures equipment has an uninterruptible power supply.

Due to the corrective maintenance activity, the operations at the ATMC will be suspended from 2:00 a.m., until 4:00 a.m., on May 3, 2023, and 12:00 midnight until 6:00 a.m., on May 17, 2023, according to the aviation authority.

However, if the activity is finished earlier, the issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will be lifted, and operations at the ATMC will resume as normal, CAAP said.

The corrective maintenance activity will mainly affect flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Clark International Airport (CRK), and Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MIAA) and several flights at the other 42 CAAP commercially operated airports.

The CAAP has already coordinated with and advised concerned stakeholders such as air carriers and airport operators Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD), and GMR–Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) in advance regarding the intended corrective maintenance activity. Mitigating measures and flight schedule adjustments have been discussed with stakeholders to ensure the smooth conduct of the imperative maintenance activity, it added.

The CAAP assures the public that once the maintenance activity is completed, operations at the ATMC will resume as normal and will allow CAAP-ATMC to “serve the flying public better and ensure continued flight safety.”