Jamaica's airspace to be fully restored in 48 hours

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Jamaica's airspace to be fully restored in 48 hours

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Sep 15, 2017

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Jamaica's airspace to be fully restored in 48 hours - Transport Minister
Thu September 14, 2017

Transport Minister Mike Henry has given the assurance that full restoration of air traffic services in Jamaica should resume in the next 48 hours. He made the disclosure at a media briefing Thursday afternoon.

There have been limited services in Jamaica's airspace since Friday's lightning strike damaged radar and communication equipment at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).

Chairman of the JCAA Phillip Henriques, who was present at the media briefingm, said although Jamaica's airspace should close to full operation by the time specified by the minister, not all staff would be in place as they are undergoing training for the implementation of a new system. "So we should not have, hopefully, any major cancellations or serious delays, but all of the necessary equipment and processes and staff will not be fully on board because we are in a process for another probably week or two," he declared. "The staff is not yet fully trained to use the new system as the process is incremental and is in line with installation of various pieces of the system," the Transport Minister said of the new air navigational structure at the JCAA.

Speaking earlier on RJR's Hotline, Kurt Solomon, President of the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA), had said the training could take two weeks to be completed.

Multi-billion dollar system

The government is spending J$3.5 billion to construct new air traffic control (ATC) towers. Mr. Henry said the backup air navigational system will no longer be located at one site. "The (Norman Manley International) tower is now complete and will have in it a total backup system for the ATC centre. The Sangster International Airport tower will be completed by the end of this year and will also have backup system for the Kingston centre. The Kingston centre will also have a complete backup system at Winchester Road and this will be for the first time," the minister announced.

Mr. Henry added that the radar system being installed will be the backup surveillance system for a new Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast. "This will give us triple surveillance capabilities and must be in place by 2020, otherwise we cannot fly into the USA. I want this to be in place by the end of 2018 or early 2019 so that we are ahead of the game," the transport minister asserted.

He said the Controller Pilot Data Link Communication Automative System will be able to provide more efficient communication to the aircraft in a voiceless manner.

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