New air traffic control centre to increase Singapore’s air traffic capacity

SINGAPORE — To meet growing demands of air traffic in the region, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) today (Feb 10) unveiled its new Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC) during the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit Lunch.

The SATCC houses the new Long Range Radar and Display System III – or LORADS III – which maximises advances in aircraft navigation accuracy and functionality, said Mr Rosly Saad, Director of CAAS Air Traffic Services during a media preview of the new centre.

In operation since Oct 16, LORADS III is one of the most advanced air control systems in the world, with multi-surveillance features that enable air traffic controllers to track up to 2,000 planes at any one time, within a distance of 500 nautical miles.

Singapore’s previous system, LORADS II, could track 500 planes within a distance of 250 nautical miles.

“With Automated Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast procedures, we can reduce the spacing between aircrafts close over the high seas so that we have higher capacity to bring aircrafts in more efficiently and faster,” said Mr Kwek Chin Lin, CAAS Head of Air Traffic Management Operations Systems.

Singapore’s aviation sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of five per cent until the end of the decade.

The CAAS has trained 300 air traffic controllers to operate LORADS III at its academy, with plans to recruit another 80 controllers by the end of this year.

The system, which costs S$300 million, is linked to other air traffic control towers in Changi and Seletar.

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