Meteorological Doppler Radar and modernization of Mexico tower and Mexico area control center systems

18 February 2015

Meteorological Doppler radar, first radar of its class to be installed in Mexico and Latin America and the Caribbean.

On February 4th, 2015, Mr. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Transport and Communications of Mexico, presided at the inaugural ceremony of the Meteorological Doppler Radar and the modernization of Mexico City Air Traffic Control Tower as well as Mexico´s Area Control Center.

The Meteorological Doppler Radar is the first of its kind to be installed in Mexico and Latin America and the Caribbean. It enhances safety for aircraft by detecting wind shear, a phenomenon that can be dangerous during take-off and landing.

Mexico´s Area Control Center is one of the first centers in the world to utilize a Disaster Recuperation System (DRS). In the event of a system failure DRS will provide real-time information concerning the location of aircraft within Mexico´s airspace, resulting in a safe and efficient air traffic management system.

Another major update was the development of the situation room. The situation room manages adverse situations, such as, contingencies, civil-military coordination, national emergencies, as well as other decisions related to national airports.

The situation room is a true mirror of the air traffic flow management (ATFM) system (SMART), Technical Operations System (SMOT), Flight Plan Authorized Slot system (PLANSA) and emergency communication lines.

The implementation of updating the systems at Mexico´s air traffic control tower and area control centers are composed of the following:

  • Surveillance information to track helicopters
  • Clearance Delivery Position for departing aircrafts, DCL
  • Departure Automatic Terminal Information System (D-ATIS)
  • Flight plan with authorized slot system, PLANSA
  • Radar data system upgrade and ADS-B

According to the CANSO Global Air Navigation Services Performance Report 2014, out of 30 air navigation services providers which participated in the report, SENEAM's increase in traffic placed it fifth by number of IFR flight hours.

These important technological advances increased safety levels within the air navigation services provided by SENEAM.

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