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  • The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is assuring the public that there are adequate contingencies in place to deal with any failure of its communication, surveillance and/or navigation systems.
  • He noted that among the contingency measures is implementing flow control to manage the number of aircraft entering Jamaican airspace in times of system challenges.
  • Mr. Williams-Singh, who was addressing a recent JIS News Think Tank, said the JCAA’s continuity plan is aimed at minimising any disruption to the public.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is assuring the public that there are adequate contingencies in place to deal with any failure of its communication, surveillance and/or navigation systems.

“In those instances, we mandate the implementation of procedures and measures to maintain the safety of our airspace, respond quickly to such occurrences, restore the systems in the shortest possible time and keep all stakeholders continuously informed,” said Director General of the JCAA, Nari Williams-Singh.

He noted that among the contingency measures is implementing flow control to manage the number of aircraft entering Jamaican airspace in times of system challenges.

“Because safety is paramount, we have to ensure that we continue to operate in a safe mode. Flow control measures enable us to manage the traffic given the resources we have at any given time,” he said.

Mr. Williams-Singh, who was addressing a recent JIS News Think Tank, said the JCAA’s continuity plan is aimed at minimising any disruption to the public.

“We are training additional personnel and taking steps to ensure that if there is any development that makes personnel unavailable that our contingency arrangements are in place to reduce any inconvenience to the public and pursue and maintain our primary duty, which is to keep the airspace safe,” he noted.

He said the authority is satisfied in its compliance with all international requirements and that it would continue to address the matter of safety while reducing inconvenience to the public.

JCAA Chairman, B. St. Michael Hylton, in the meantime, informed that the authority receives critical assistance from Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in search and rescue, among other areas, under a Memorandum of Understanding between the entities.

“We have extended those arrangements to improve our capability of responding in the event of natural disaster or other eventualities that could cause services and personnel not being available,” he said.