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  • Minister of Transport Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon Omar Davies, says the government will be spending approximately 4.92 Billion Jamaican Dollars to revolutionize the local aviation landscape.
  • The project which is being undertaken by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), will incorporate State of the Art Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) infrastructure and technologies and should be completed within 21 months.
  • French contract firm, Thales Air Systems, Inc. has already completed site surveys and is far advanced with system design work that is scheduled to be completed by March 23, this year.

Minister of Transport Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon Omar Davies, says the government will be spending approximately 4.92 Billion Jamaican Dollars to revolutionize the local aviation landscape.

The project which is being undertaken by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), will incorporate State of the Art Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) infrastructure and technologies and should be completed within 21 months.

French contract firm, Thales Air Systems, Inc. has already completed site surveys and is far advanced with system design work that is scheduled to be completed by March 23, this year. Under this phase, Thales will continue to refine and conclude processes for establishing architecture, composition, components, modules, interfaces and data for the system in accordance Jamaica’s specified requirements.

Thales has given the government its assurance, that barring no unforeseen circumstances, it will conduct Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) between May 30 and October 10 this year.

Minister Davies, explains that Factory Acceptance Tests are critical project components, that facilitate an in-factory inspection of the system according to predefined protocols. He says the process involves a thorough inspection and stress-testing of the hardware, software and functionality of the system, against a checklist of performance parameters. These tests will be administered in the presence of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, giving it first-hand knowledge of the functions of the system.

Upon the successful completion of the Factory Acceptance Tests, the installation of the system will take place between September 29 this year and September 22 next year. The final site training for all stakeholders will take place between November 2 this year and October 6 next year.

Minister Davies also explains, that the aged system that has been of concern to The Ministry and members of the  Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association, will be replaced by the Thales TopSky- ATC, a leading air traffic management system, which uses state-of-the- art satellite air navigation and automation technologies. He says the system will also boasts a leading Air Traffic Control and 3 D Tower Simulators.

The Air Navigation System (ANS) modernization initiative, is expected to cement Jamaica’s place, as a leading aviation administration in the region, while expanding the global market and position the local industry, as the hub of choice connecting the Caribbean, North America Europe and Asia.