Airservices forges closer ties with PNG

Aviation safety in the Asia-Pacific region received a boost this week with the completion of two projects designed to enhance the links between Airservices and its PNG counterpart, Air Services Limited (PNGASL) and PNGs National Airports Corporation (NAC).
A new air traffic control communication link between the two organisations and the introduction to service of 11 Airservices surplus fire vehicles at PNG airports, are the latest steps in an ongoing relationship.
Airservices General Manager Corporate and International Affairs, David Byers, said both projects demonstrated the close ties between Airservices, PNGASL and NAC.
These relationships have been built over a number of years on mutual respect, co-operation and trust, Mr Byers said.
Airservices is committed to working with our neighbours to help them build capacity and enhance aviation safety for all people in our region, he said.
The new communications link between Port Moresby and Brisbane air traffic services centre is used to transmit data relating to flights crossing the Flight Information Region (FIR) boundary shared by Australia and PNG. It replaces an ageing communication system which had limited capacity for expansion.
The new link, officially opened on Monday 4 April, allows air traffic controllers in both countries to securely co-ordinate flight movements and exchange data over both satellite and under-sea fibre-optic cable links.
With increasing traffic crossing the FIR boundary this is a major step forward in the reliable transmission and exchange of information critical to aviation safety, Mr Byers said.
On Tuesday 5 April Airservices formally handed over 11 surplus aviation rescue and fire fighting vehicles at a ceremony at Nadzab Airport in PNGs north east.
Airservices also provided mechanical maintenance training in Australia to two PNG National Airports Corporation (NAC) mechanics and completed the delivery of operational training in PNG.
The transportation, delivery of training and the fit-out of the vehicles with standard fire fighting equipment was funded by AusAIDs Public Sector Linkages Program.
Airservices will continue to work with our colleagues in PNG to support these initiatives and explore further opportunities for co-operation, Mr Byers said.
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