Projects

Infrastructure Development Projects

Introduction

The Project Management Unit (PMU) is responsible for the coordination of all major development projects funded externally.  The PMU is staffed by eight project engineers and is located at the PNGASL Headquarters building.

Background to Projects

In line with its Development Plan 2011-2015, PNGASL is undertaking a major program of development projects to modernize its Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems and capabilities.  The program will ultimately deliver modernised and improved air traffic services within the Port Moresby Flight Information Region and will better align PNG with other regional Air Navigation Service Providers.

The modernization program includes Internet Protocol- based communications networks, transition from ground to satellite-based navigation and communications, introduction of a range of  surveillance mediums including ADS-B and fully automating the air traffic management system.

The improvements will lead to improvements in industry safety, efficiency and cost savings, whilst harmonizing with neighboring ANSP’s to delivering a seamless airspace structure and world class air navigation services.

 

Completed Projects

Project
Description
Completed
Nadzab DVOR/DME Replacement  -- 2011
Kavieng DVOR/DME Replacement  -- 2012
Port Moresby DVOR/DME Replacement These new radio navigational aids provide guidance in all weather conditions and lower minimas in the approach phase of flight.
The new aids are remotely monitored and controlled from the Port Moresby ATSC, enabling quicker return to service in the event of outages.
2013
AMS Replacement

The aging AFTN message switch has been replaced with a modern ICAO compliant AFTN/AMHS aeronautical message system (AMS) for domestic and international connectivity.

The decision was taken to expedite the replacement of the old switch which had significant maintenance issues.

2013
AWOS Replacement/Installation

Replaced and or installed new Automatic Weather Observation Systems at 8 Aerodromes.  The airports are Jacksons, Nadzab, Madang, Tokua, Kavieng, Mt. Hagen, Wewak and Kiunga.

The objective is to provide pilots with timely weather information to enable them to submit informed flight plans and enhance the safety of the flight.  All AWOS are currently undergoing necessary software upgrades.

2014
WGS-84 Survey

The project involved an aeronautical data survey to WGS-84 datum of the 29 major airports, 418 remote airstrips and other key locations throughout PNG. 

Accurate aeronautical data is an essential requirement for the new Air Traffic Management System and also to enable publication of Aeronautical Information Management products.

2015

 

Projects In progress 2015

 Project
Description
VHF 1 Radio Coverage Improvements and Upgrade Install and commission 4 new remote VHF radio sites to improve radio coverage.  The four new sites are Mt. Dimodimo, Mt. Mission, Mt. Otto and Mt. Fala.

Upgrade radio, power system and associated infrastructure at Mt Konokalang.

All the above sites will use the latest state of the art digital radio technology.  Each site will have dual path communication links to Port Moresby ATC using VSAT and terrestrial technology.  Each site will be equipped with solar arrays to keep the batteries charged and complimented with a genset.

All equipment will be remotely monitored and controlled from the PNGASL Maintenance Monitoring Center at the Port Moresby ATSC, enabling quicker return to service in the event of outages.
The contract with Indra of Australia was signed in August 2014 and scheduled for completion during the 2nd quarter 2016.

Early ADS-B Introduction (PAMAS)

Introduction of Automatic Dependant Surveillance, ADS-B for upper airspace and MLAT for the Port Moresby terminal area (TMA). The MLAT option for the Port Moresby terminal area is taken as a backup to the Radar (SSR) located at Jacksons Airport, Port Moresby.

The scope was extended to include replacing the aging semi automated procedural air traffic management system with a modern fully automated ATM system in the Port Moresby ATCC. The contract includes a new ATM simulator and 3D 240° Tower Cab simulator.

The ATM system will harmonize with neighboring systems allowing seamless and world class air navigation service, realizing the PNGASL vision.

The contract was signed 28th March 2014 with COMSOFT of Germany. Completion of the full ATM system is expected 2nd quarter of 2017.

VHF 2 Additional Coverage Improvements at Existing Sites

Upgrade the radios, power system and associated infrastructure at Burns Peak, Lorengau, Mt Nauwein, Mt Kegum and Mt Robinson.

All the above sites will use the latest state of the art digital radio technology.  Each site will have dual path communication links to Port Moresby ATSC.  Each site will be equipped with dual power supplies and will be remotely monitored and controlled from the PNGASL Maintenance Monitoring Center.

The project went to tender in March 2015.

Replacement of the Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) at Jacksons Airport, Port Moresby

The current SSR is old and very difficult to maintain.  Spares are difficult to obtain and very expensive.

The project went to tender in March 2015 and would be expected to be complete by the 4th quarter 2016.

Replacement of the HF Radio System

Due to substantial vandalism of the Port Moresby HF radio system the decision was taken to build new HF receiver and transmitter stations at Nadzab Airport on aerodrome land.

This is a vital communication system especially in PNG with its very rugged terrain.

All equipment will be remotely monitored and controlled from the PNGASL Maintenance Monitoring Center at the Port Moresby ATSC.

The project went to tender in March 2015 and would be expected to be complete by 4th quarter 2016.

 

Under Development 2015

Project Description
Introduction of GNSS Technology

Ground based navigation aids have proven to be difficult and expensive to maintain.  Reliability is poor and subject to vandalism.

PNGASL is in the early stages of transition to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and is moving from utilizing ground-based navigation infrastructure to the implementation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) based approaches at up to forty-five (45) key airports throughout PNG.

 

 

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