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CHOGM News: Hi-tech safety measures in place for flights bringing foreign leaders

Posted on 27 October 2013 by admin

State-of-the-art satellite navigation systems will closely monitor aircraft bringing foreign leaders to Colombo for the Commonwealth Summit, a senior official said.

Civil Aviation Authority Director General H.M.C. Nimalasiri said Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a surveillance technology for tracking aircraft and Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) using satellite navigation systems were among the new features to enhance surveillance.

ADS-B is a system for air traffic surveillance and replaces conventional radar. Aircraft with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers can transmit their location to nearby aircraft and to air traffic control.  Performance Based Navigation (PBN) using satellite navigation system isalso essential when there is an increase in air traffic and demands on airspace capacity.

Mr. Nimalasiri said the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had conducted safety and security surveys. “There will be expert teams and security teams from a number of countries conducting safety checks prior to their leader’s arrivals. We are ready to provide all necessary support,” he said.

Most of the Commonwealth heads of government will use the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while several private jets are also expected at the Ratmalana Airport. Passengers using the BIA between November 12 and19 are also requested to be prepared for unexpected delays of flights due to the arrival or departures of heads of governments and their delegations.

“All attempts are being made to avoid such delays and inconveniences. However, priority will be given to VVIP aircraft carrying leaders and delegates. All local agents of international commercial airlines have been informed,” he said. The Director General said the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport also would be available for delegates to arrive as several events including the Youth Forum and opening of the Mirijjawila Botanical Garden would be held in Hambantota.

Within the country, he said all 14 domestic landing sites would be developed and Sri Lanka Air Force helicopters and sea planes would also be available at the request of delegates.

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