Keeping KIA's navigational equipment operating 24 hours a day, all year
round - often in the most arduous conditions – is a mammoth task. For
the highly motivated people at the DGCA's Navigational Equipment
Department, however, it's all a matter of routine as they work to
maintain the airport's reputation as one of the most advanced gateways
in the Gulf.
Navigational equipment at KIA is second-to-none,
featuring a primary approach radar with 250-mile-range monopoles
secondary surveillance radar (MSSR) capability, CAT II ILS on both
parallel runways and radio beacons that locate aircraft positions in
relation to the airport. A new ATC centre will be constructed and new
equipment installed to satisfy ICAO requirements. The Navigational
Equipment Department is also responsible for the AFTN system that sends
messages to all airports that are connected with KIA.
systems ensure that KIA can easily handle current traffic levels – over
42,000 aircraft movements in 2005 alone – with capacity to spare for
future expansion. Nevertheless, the Department constantly reviews its
inventory to ensure all systems are up-to-date. All the equipment
employed at KIA features extensive flexibility as standard and can be
readily upgraded using advanced software to enhance performance and
capabilities. Plans are already in place to upgrade KIA's Aeronautical
Information System (AIS) to ensure an improved service to air crew.
co-operation with the Meteorology Department's project to gather
high-level weather data direct from aircraft avionics via digital data
link should ensure success in this venture. At the regional level, the
department is a key player in the taskforce working to implement a
single air navigation solution across the MID-region, part of ICAO's
long-term project for the transition to satellite-based CNS/ATM, which
is expected to be reality around 2015.
Another positive impact on
operations will be a move to the new KIA Control Centre complex, part
of the KIA Master Plan. Combining all the airport's communications and
air traffic management functions within a single state-of-the-art hub is
anticipated to further enhance efficiency and cross-departmental
capabilities to the benefit of all.
And currently several
projects are being executed to contribute to the development of the
communications systems and data transfer at Kuwait International
Airport, the projects are as follows :
1. Communication System
project at Kuwait International Airport, this project contains the
latest technology in communications systems for monitoring air space at
Kuwait International Airport.
2. Air Traffic Management System
(ATM Project) for managing all Communications, Radar Systems, and
transferring of airline schedules and meteorological information through
an advanced network.
3. Kuwait Airport Data Interchange Network
(KADIN Project) this project is intended to link all the Air navigation
Systems through a sophisticated network to serve all the beneficiaries
at Kuwait International Airport.
4. A new Air Traffic Radar
(SELEX) has been recently installed and currently in operation with the
existing (Thales) Radar to ensure the safety of air traffic at Kuwait
5. We recently started implementation of a
new Instrument Landing System project (ILS- CAT III B) according to the
latest technology in the field of Navigational Aids Systems.