Bahamas’ Lynden Pindling International Airport is the recipient of a new approach control center boasting Indra’s advanced air traffic management (ATM) system and the Garex voice communications system. Also included in the upgrade is a new training center for air traffic controllers, equipped with two simulators.
Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry G. Christie, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martín, and the director of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Cooperation Bureau, Iván Galán, recently visited the new facilities to witness delivery of the systems by the Indra project managers.
Awarded to Indra by the ICAO and the Civil Aviation Department of the Bahamas (CAD), the project contract also included the deployment of a dual primary and secondary Mode S radar system and a secondary backup Mode S radar. These are due to be rolled out shortly and will cover 250 nautical miles from the airport, significantly improving air safety.
With regard to the new training facilities for controllers, the company has implemented an approach simulator equipped with air traffic control positions that can be used to reinforce the capacity of the airport’s control center if warranted by the volume of traffic.
The second simulator is a control tower simulator with a panoramic view that reproduces ultra-realistic aircraft movements. The use of these systems will enhance both the operators’ capabilities and general safety.
The successful rollout of the new approach control center and the simulation center at Lynden Pindling airport has enabled Indra, a key provider of these technologies, to extend to its leadership in Latin America to the Caribbean region. Meanwhile, the new systems have turned the Bahamas into a technological benchmark in the region for air traffic management.
In Central America, Indra works closely with the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA), which manages the entire upper airspace of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize using Indra technology. These countries have also implemented Indra’s systems in their own control centers.
Elsewhere in Latin America, countries like Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil, among others, also employ Indra systems.
Indra is Spain’s leading consulting and technology multinational and one of the most prominent in Europe and Latin America. The company provides business solutions, IT services and comprehensive systems to clients all over the world.