“As we progress with restoration efforts, the JCAA has activated its contingency team, which is currently operating from a temporary air traffic control facility that was recently installed under the Air Traffic Modernisation Programme as a redundancy feature of the new Thales Air Traffic Management System,” the JCAA said in a media release yesterday.
The release said under the referenced modernisation programme, Jamaica is advanced in the project to implement a new state-of-the-art air traffic management environment, which is poised to enhance the safety and efficiency of Jamaica's air transport sector.
At the point of the lightning strike, the JCAA's air traffic controllers were undergoing system training on the new facilities and equipment, as a critical component of the ANS Modernisation project.
The JCAA release said that in light of the fact that training is yet to be completed, limited air traffic services are being provided by a contingency team. With full certifications and validations on the use of the new system to be completed, the JCAA said it is only able to provide limited air traffic services to facilitate the continued operation of the airspace within peak hours.
It added that the lightning strike damaged the Air Traffic Management Message Handling System (AMHS), which is the established link for flight planning and disseminating notices to airmen (NOTAMS). As a result, and in keeping with established cooperative arrangements, the JCAA requested assistance from the Dominican Republic to disseminate the applicable NOTAMS. The AMHS has since been restored.
There is now limited access to Jamaica's airspace.
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