CAAP: Maintenance on May 17 lowers chance of another Naia tech glitch
MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Thursday that the possibility of encountering another technical issue after the corrective maintenance activity set on on May 17 is small.
CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio explained that the maintenance activity would be the last that the country’s airspace would be closed for two hours.
The maintenance work would prevent a repeat of the power disruptions at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on May 1.
Apolonio said that once it is done, it will reduce the possibility of experiencing technical issues.
“Dahil unang-una, inaasahan natin kahit magkaroon ng failure, mayroon pa po tayong backup system na kasama. Kaya maliit na po ang tyansa na magkaproblema pa,” he said.
(Because first of all, we expect that even if we encounter a failure, we have a backup system. So, there is a slim possibility of experiencing issues.)
“Well, so far po dito sa CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems for Air Traffic Management), ‘yon na po. Mataas ‘yong porsyentong wala nang mangyayari dahil unang-una mayroon tayong reserved na UPS,” he added.
(Well, so far, here in CNS/ATM, that’s it. There is a high percentage that we wouldn’t encounter issues because first of all, we have a reserved UPS.)
The maintenance work will be conducted at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC). It involves the replacement of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) repair, and upgrade of the Air Traffic Management System A/B power supply.
ATMC, where the repair and upgrade will be conducted, houses CNS/ATM which manages and supervises air traffic within the Philippine Flight Region (PFR).
This will affect flights from Naia, Clark International Airport, and several other airport under CAAP.
On Wednesday, CAAP assured that it expects “minimal” flight disruptions during this two-hour maintenance work, which was previously announced that would take six hours. — Maria Liezl Projella, INQUIRER.net trainee
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