Air traffic control facility set up in Bataraza

DOTr and Singapore government inaugurate a facility which helps improve air traffic management in Bataraza

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the government of Singapore inaugurated last December 2 the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) in Bataraza, a facility which helps improve air traffic management in the province.

According to a DOTr statement, this technology allows an aircraft to determine its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked.

With this technology, air traffic controllers will be able to plan the air traffic flow better and manage the air traffic more efficiently. Yet, this will allow more flights to operate safely, and minimize potential flight delays due to air traffic congestion.

An aircraft equipped with ADS-B can broadcast useful information such as their identities, positions, altitudes and velocities twice every second. Ground equipment known as ADS-B receivers will pick up and process these pieces of information to air traffic controllers, which will then use the information to control and monitor the aircraft.

“This project is of utmost importance to the Filipino people. This will not only make air travels safer and more secure– it will also help prevent flight delays caused by air traffic congestion. By inaugurating this, we can say that our aviation technology is now at par with technologies being utilized by other developed countries,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

Aside from enhancing the safety and efficiency of air traffic services, ADS-B also improves the ability to perform life-saving search and rescue missions. It can provide more accurate information about last reported positions, minimizing the search period, in such operations.

The DOTr said the use of ADS-B will also contribute to the global effort in reducing carbon footprint since the aircraft will be given optimal flying height, which translates to fuel savings as well as lower aviation carbon emissions.

The DOTr added it plans to establish ADS-B ground stations in the Kalayaan Group of Islands (KIG) by 2019, and additional ADS-B ground stations in Iba, Zambales and Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Present during inauguration were DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, the Singapore’s Ambassador Kik Li Peng, Governor Jose Alvarez and other officials.

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