The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Wednesday, 18 January 2023, announced recommendations to improve the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system to prevent a recurrence of the technical glitch last January 1, 2023.
CAAP Director General Manuel Antonio Tamayo told members of the House Committee on Transportation that CAAP already recommended the following enhancements: procurement of a multi-mode fallback system (system upgrade); construct an independent back-up CNS/ATM; and tap a third party contractor to provide oversight on the operation and maintenance of the system.
“To avoid this kind of circumstance recurring, we recommend the following plans for the CNS/ATM: restore and enhance to its original design before the incident, procurement of the multi-mode fallback system which is considered a systems upgrade,” DG Tamayo said told the committee.
“[We are also looking at] the construction of an independent backup for CNS/ATM, and hiring of a third party contractor to provide oversight,” he added.
DG Tamayo sought the assistance of the House Committee through Congress’ measures that will prevent the technical glitch’s recurrence and ensure a safe Philippine skies.
“It is true that any man made equipment can’t be 100% perfect all the time but we want the public to know that we shall do the best we can in order to provide an efficient service to our country and to Aviation sector,” he explained.