CAAP, FAA collaborate to enhance Philippine air traffic management

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization (FAA-ATO) held discussions on April 8 to finalize the scope of their upcoming collaboration agreement.

During the meeting at CAAP’s Central Office in Pasay City, senior FAA-ATO representatives for Asia Pacific, Shayne Campbell and Almira Ramadani, met with CAAP officials including Director General Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo.

“FAA manifested their assistance and support in drafting and finalizing the National Air Navigation Plan, as well as conducting study on parallel runways, enhancing the country’s Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) infrastructure and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM),” the CAAP press release stated.

The agreement will facilitate the exchange of best practices and technological knowledge in areas like System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and procedure design. It also allows for FAA input on the privatization of certain CAAP services.

Both agencies plan to officially sign the pact during the Asia/Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Work Group meeting in Bangkok later this year.

FAA representatives voiced support for CAAP Director General Tamayo’s role as the group’s chairperson and the agency’s hosting of the 59th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation Asia and Pacific Regions in Cebu this October.

The collaboration aims to build “safer skies” by enhancing air traffic management systems and infrastructure in the Philippines through technical cooperation with the FAA.

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