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The radar system operating at Port Moresby Airport is the only such system in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Throughout the rest of the country, air traffic control relies on a pilot reporting system using two-way radio communication to keep track of everyone’s location. So if air traffic control or pilots miscommunicate or forget to report a position, havoc can occur.
To counter this risk, Avionics Technician Daniel Jezowski and his team installed Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) in the fleet of JAARS partner, SIL Aviation. This system alerts pilots to nearby aircraft, since it receives automatic broadcasts of other planes’ positions. “The ability to see where other aircraft are helps you know if someone hasn’t been reporting, or if air traffic control has forgotten about you,”
“This system is saving lives.”
A commercial aircraft was instructed to take off from the Lae airport in PNG at the same time an SIL plane flew over. The commercial plane’s departure path would have intersected with that of the SIL plane. Because the JAARS-trained pilot saw the location of the commercial plane via his TAS flight display, he evaded the aircraft and avoided a collision.
SIL PNG pilots also fly to their southern neighbor, Australia, which now requires aircraft to have Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B). This system transmits the aircraft’s identification and current position. Daniel installed the ADS-B so pilots can continue carrying injured mission workers to hospitals in Australia where they can receive the care they need.
As U.S. aviation standards also change, we are now installing the ADS-B on our training fleet here at JAARS to ensure the safety of those preparing to fly in difficult places like PNG.
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