The improvement of the level of safety across our skies was at the centre of a contract signing, between PNG Air Services Limited and COMSOFT, a German based company, yesterday in Port Moresby.
Senior officials from Civil Aviation Entities and the Australian High Commission were present to witness the Contract Signing.
The Contract is formally branded as ‘PNG Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, Multilateral and Air Traffic Management Systems’ or PAMAS Contract. Its tender and procurement process, which commenced in November 2012, took 16 months to select COMSOFT as the viable service provider.
The Contract is valued at over US$12.8 million, that’s about PGK33 million, and the cost will be met using funds committed jointly by Governments of PNG and Australia.
PNGASL Managing Director, Captain Ted Pakii, briefly outlined the benefits from the Contract.
COMSOFT CEO, Manfred Schmid, thanked PNGASL and relevant parties for awarding his company with the contract. He said proper technical aviation services are crucial in PNG, especially at this time of experiencing major infrastructural developments, and an economic boom.
Secretary for Transport, Roy Mumu, said countless challenges, such as, obsolete facilities and assets inherited from the former Civil Aviation Authority, and logistical issues still impede the service delivery of PNGASL, but gave credit to its modernization program to upgrade its communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management services to keep abreast with the global trend.
Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, James Hall said this project is an important milestone in Australian Government’s support for productivity and safety enhancing infrastructure in PNG’s aviation sector.
And with the conclusion of the formalities, the official signing took place.
The PAMAS Contract will see:
- Complete Air Traffic Management (ATM) Automation, full Air Traffic Control (ATC) with 3D Tower Control Simulators;
- Implementation of COMSOFT’s complete ATM system in Port Moresby to enable its status as an international ATM hub;
- Enable domestic airports of Madang, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Nadzab and Tokua overall coverage and surveillance within PNG’s vast Flight Information Region;
- And the delivery of multilateration (MLAT); a widely used navigation and surveillance technique to Nation’s Capital main terminal area.