The primary air traffic control tower and the RADA operations center at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have commenced operations employing advanced digital technology.

These developments constitute essential elements of the continuous modernization efforts aimed at improving Air Traffic Control operations at the airport.

Today marked the inauguration of the newest Digital Air Traffic Management System, officiated by Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. 

“In the past, Air Traffic Controllers manually recorded information related to departing and arriving aircraft, a procedure coordinated between the Air Traffic Control Tower and the RADA Centre,” he said.

The introduction of the latest Air Traffic Management System facilitates real-time dissemination of essential data to pertinent nodes. 

This innovation expedites and optimizes all air navigation services within Sri Lankan airspace, accommodating an increased volume of aircraft through the implementation of this state-of-the-art system.

Unlike its predecessor, the new system showcases superior technological capabilities. While the former system could only measure the cruising altitude, position, and airspeed of an aircraft, the latest system at the airport allows for the acquisition of comprehensive data directly from the aircraft cockpit. This enhancement leads to a 100% improvement in data accuracy, particularly regarding the safety of aircraft.

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd made a financial investment of approximately Rs. 1.2 billion to establish this cutting-edge system.

-daily mirror