Mactan-Cebu airport upgraded with P49M navigational system

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Mactan-Cebu airport upgraded with P49M navigational system
The country’s second busiest airport will be installed with a DVOR/DME equipment to aid pilots during bad weather and low visibility situations

MANILA, Philippines – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport will be installed with a new navigational guidance system that will help pilots locate and land on the runway during bad weather and low visibility situations.

The navigational system the airport has had dates to 1993 and is set to be replaced this year with the Doppler VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range and Distance Measuring Equipment (DVOR/DME), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director-General William K. Hotchkiss lll said.

DVOR/DME is a short-range radio navigation system for aircraft. With the receiver unit using radio frequencies in the very high frequency (VHF) band, the navigation system enables aircraft to determine its position and stay on course by receiving radio signals transmitted by a network of fixed ground radio beacons.

DEAL SIGNED. CAAP's Director-General William K. Hotchkiss lll and Philcox (Phils) Inc./Indra Australia Pty. Ltd.'s (RET.) B/GEN Generoso Maligat sign the deal for the P49M installation of a new navigational system at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Photo from CAAP

The procurement contract was awarded through competitive public bidding to Indra Australia Property Limited, in a joint venture with Philcox Philippines Incorporated.

The contract amounting to P48,727,112.85 ($1,101,360.78) covers the supply, delivery, and commission with flight check of the DVOR/DME system.

Apart from this, the project involves the removal of existing DVOR/DME system, underground power, and data cables, as well as the installation of new underground power and fiber optic cables.

The project also includes miscellaneous grounding, electrical, and mechanical work, as detailed in the drawings, as well as the rehabilitation of existing Doppler VOR counterpoise and shelter system, among others.

In January, CAAP completed a P160-million ($3.62 million) project, upgrading the obsolete air traffic management system at the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The project that upgraded the Eurocat air traffic management system and put in place in 1996, would pave the way for the P13-billion next-generation, satellite-based Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) project. The project was undertaken in partnership with Thales Australia and Pacific Hemisphere Development.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) awarded the P17.5 billion ($395.52 million) expansion of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the tandem of Filipino-owned Megawide Construction Corporation and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure.

The project has been delayed due to the failure of the government to relocate the Philippine Air Force base. –

US$1 = P44.25

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