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Friday, December 16, 2016, 17:13

New air traffic control system safe to handle holiday season

By chinadailyasia.com

New air traffic control system safe to handle holiday season

HONG KONG – After a bumpy beginning, Hong Kong International Airport's new HK$1.56 billion air traffic control system is capable to provide what airport officials characterize as stable, secure and well organized service during the Christmas and New Year Peak Season.

The Civil Aviation Department set up a five-member expert panel to help optimize the new system

Briefing media following a meeting of the project’s expert panel, the Director-General of Civil Aviation Simon Li Tin-chui said that the new system is able to manage up to 1,200 flights daily – the same number as were handled by the old system during the holiday season last year.

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He acknowledged that there were initial problems with the new Auto Trac III Air Traffic Control System, including failure to show flight details and to detect the aircraft on the radar for up to 12 seconds on several occasion a week after the new system was introduced.

The Civil Aviation Department set up a five-member expert panel to help optimize the new system. Li told reporters that the experts at Friday’s meeting agreed it was inevitable that problems would emerge in the early stage of trials. The stand-by system of the CAD was always on standby in the event of any emergencies.

Li noted that the panel would hold a second meeting in late January for further discussion on the new system. Frontline employees and electronic engineers will attend that gathering. The panel expects to submit a preliminary report to the CAD.

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