BIA upgrades Aeronautical Mobile Service Centre…

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL) recently installed an upgraded Flight Data Processing System (FDPS), in order to cater to the rapid growth of air traffic in the flight space under its purview, AASL said in a news release.AASL has been delegated with the responsibility of providing Air Navigation Services within the Sri Lanka air space.

Air Navigation services which include communication, navigation and surveillance are provided within the Sri Lankan air space or the Colombo Flight Information Region (VCC FIR), which is around 600,000 square nautical miles and consists of 14 air routes. The common boundaries with India, India in the North, Indonesia in the East, Australia in the South and Maldives in the West that our FIR has, would give an indication of the vastness of the area covered.

Aero mobile service/HF Communication is provided by Aeronautical Communication Officers attached to the Aero Mobile Communication Centre of AASL. This center had not been upgraded for around 40 years. The newly installed Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) replaces not only the existing practice of entering data manually on flight plan strips by operational staff at the AMSC but also the Operator Console at Aeronautical Mobile Service Centre (AMSC).

This system interfaces with the existing systems, such as Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN), Air Traffic Message Handling System (AMHS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems at the site for relevant data acquisition, communication and synchronization. Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) shall comprise of Air Situation Display (ASD), Electronic-strip Facilities and Automated CDN (Coordination) message transmission facility.

As a result of implementation of this project, it is expected that the efficiency and accuracy of Air-Ground Communication Service provided by AASL will be improved with the resultant enhancement of safety in operation of international civil aviation within our Flight Information Region (FIR) in compliance with the requirements stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the AASL news release said.

The introduction of state-of-the-art technologies in the infrastructure of Air Navigation Services has been made possible by the commitment and dedication of Electronics and Air Navigation Engineering professionals at AASL. This project that has been entirely funded by AASL at Rs. 82 million, had been made a reality by the leadership, guidance, and encouragement provided by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga among other development projects initiated under his guidance.

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