GCAA looking to facilitate increased air traffic

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is aiming to implement an Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) so that Guyana’s airspace could accommodate four times as much traffic or aircraft operations.

This is according to Zulfikar Mohamed, Director General of GCAA on Friday whilst providing an update on the agency’s performance during 2013 and projections for 2014.

He said that the acquisition of ADS-B, a system used for air traffic surveillance, will allow each aircraft to broadcast its own GPS position along with other information inlcuding heading, ground track, ground speed, altitude.

Mohamed explained that receivers on the ground equipped with the information would send it to air traffic control displays. The ADS-B information can be used to augment existing primary and secondary (transponder-based) radar or used in lieu of those radar technologies.

If this were to be accomplished, it would add to works done in 2013, which resulted in the continued modernization of the Air Navigation Services (ANS).

According to Mohamed, in 2013 a few capital projects were undertaken including the supply and installation of HF Radios and Security System at the Control Tower and supply and installation of a VOR/DME System at Timehri.

Another plan of GCAA is to work towards compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and achieving Category One rating under the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Programme.

Mohamed related that GCAA is hoping to mprove staffing capacity to enhance the oversight functions of the Authority. In addition, GCAA wants to commence construction of its Head Office.

According to Mohamed, GCAA will be working with prospective operators to improve the availability of air services in Guyana. This involves working with companies such as Insel Air and CONVIASA, he added.

He noted that in 2013, aircraft movements through Guyana’s airspace declined by 0.75 percent with domestic operations dominating the airspace during the day while international over-flights are predominantly occupying the airspace during the nights.

He noted that domestic air traffic movement declined by 2.68 percent, while international over flights increased by 12.93 percent. And, air traffic movement into Timehri decreased by 17.84 percent while movement into Ogle Airport increased by 66.57 percent.

Mohamed disclosed that there was a contraction in the movement of passengers and cargo through Ogle Airport.

“In 2013 Domestic passengers and cargo movement through Ogle Airport declined by 1.74 percent and 10.80 percent respectively reflecting a total movment of 162,692 passengers and 18,360,470 lbs of cargo,” he said.

Source: Kaieteur News