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The management of air traffic for aircrafts on or heading into and out of airports is vital to safety of those aircrafts and its passengers and cargo, and to the efficiency of the civil aviation industry as a whole.
To achieve this, the Ministry of Communication and Aviation’s (MCA) Air Traffic Service (ATS) Division is mandated under the pdf Civil Aviation Act 2008 (1.01 MB) to provide functional services that include air traffic control, flight information and alerting services and ground support facilities. These services have the primary objective of preventing collisions between aircrafts during taxiing, take off, landing, or when aircrafts are en-route to or in a holding pattern at destination airports and aerodromes.
To efficiently carry out this broad function, the ATS works with aviation operators and the Technical Services and Airport Management Divisions during operations. ATS also works with the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) to ensure that its services comply with the Civil Aviation Act, requirements of Civil Aviation Rules and with ICAO’s Annex 11 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).
The specific functions carried out by the Airport Traffic Services Division in air traffic management are:
Alerting services include alerting relevant agencies and coordinating search and rescue efforts in the event of an emergency or disaster that may affect aircrafts operating in Solomon Islands or the local civil aviation industry. Flight information for aviation operators are also disseminated in accordance with Annex 15 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) while search and rescue is covered under Annex 12.
This Function Is Mostly Carried Out with the Assistance of the Technical Services Division.
This function is carried out with the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) which is the regulatory body mandated to carry standards audits on aviation services in Solomon Islands.