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Safety – Macau International Airport’s First Priority20 Apr 2015

Since the opening of Macau International Airport (MIA) in 1995, safety has always been the first priority. To ensure safe flight operation, MIA has been allocating resources to update or upgrade different airport facilities and equipment. From 2009, MIA launched the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance System (CNS), with a total investment of 170 million patacas. The project included updating 10 CNS sub-systems to improve the accuracy of airport equipment and safety performance. CNS project was assisted by the North China Regional Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC). After the project was completed in 2012, which went through Flight Check conducted by Civil Aviation of China and all systems achieved a high level of quality test results with the related equipment provide a high-precision navigation capability. After the upgrade, MIA’s equipment achieved Automated Air Traffic Control standards; Runway 34 has a high-precision Instrument Landing System (ILS) of CAT II and accurate DVOR/DME navigation services to ensure safe flight operation.

In maintenance, MIA conducts regular CNS flight check under organization by Civil Aviation Authority of Macau (AACM) every year, to ensure MIA meets the related civil aviation standards and the systems are in well working status. Meanwhile, MIA invited Central and Southern Air Traffic Management Bureau of CAAC to conduct a full inspection on the CNS system last year.  The inspection included equipment performance verification, maintenance and system stability testing etc. The results showed that MIA’s CNS system is working well, with high stability and is able to provide accurate navigation to ensure safe flight operation.

In recent years, under the requirement of ICAO, with the existing high-precision CNS equipment, MIA also upgraded the Automated Air Traffic Control system (ATC); coordinated with AACM to introduce a new type of Aeronautical Information Management system (AIM); participated in regional cooperation of Virtual Private Networks (CRV) research project; as well as to introduce the Airport collaborative Decision Management system (CDM) and  Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), so as to continuously upgrade MIA’s service quality.

MIA has one runway and can be landed in two directions: on the south side is Runway 34 and the north side is Runway 16. Navigation equipment and facilities provided at Runway 34 is an instrument landing system (ILS) including rangefinders, glide slope and localizer; due to the airspace aspects, Runway 16 can only be installed Instrument guidance system (IGS) including rangefinder and localizer. For the recently flights affected by the weather, due the wind power, wind direction and the cloud height, only Runway 16 could be used at the time.

In the future, MIA will continue to enhance investment on aviation navigation system under the changing and demanding aviation environment, and will strengthen communication with related aviation entities, authorities and international institutions, sustained improving measures with understanding of all the needs so as to keep up the quality and safety airport services.



News source: Macau International Airport