Trinidad and Tobago Moving Ahead

29 November 2013

The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) was established by the Civil Aviation Act, 2001 (Act 11 of 2001). The principal function of the Authority is to regulate and administer a safe civil aviation system while ensuring that Trinidad and Tobago properly discharges its obligations under international civil aviation agreements and treaties. 

In March 2012, the TTCAA achieved implementation of the most critical item in its Strategic Plan: the transition to the New Administrative Complex and achievement of technological leadership in air navigation services (ANS) in the region. RADAR Service in the Piarco Flight Information Region (FIR) commenced on July 4, 2012 and air traffic control (ATC) staff transitioned completely to the new Area Control Centre (ACC) on July 26, 2012. The Complex represents the culmination of the TTCAA’s thrust to enhance the efficiency of TTCAA’s aviation operations and improve the delivery of service to the users of the Piarco FIR. 

“The year 2012 was one of both change and opportunity for the TTCAA. The modernisation of the air traffic management system contributed to Trinidad and Tobago’s development as a contemporary, progressive society.” said Director General of Civil Aviation, Ramesh Lutchmedial.

The new ACC is equipped with a new ATM system that includes a voice communication system and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio equipment. The new ACC integrates RADAR data from Martinique, Barbados and Guadalupe and is able to process Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) and ADS- Contract information. In addition to the ACC, the equipment in the Piarco ATC Tower is equipped with the required devices to process/ exchange and display the data coming from the new ACC for voice and ATC data. 

The new infrastructure is aimed at the development of air navigation plans that reduce operational unit costs, facilitate increased traffic and optimise the use of existing and emerging technologies. With the new facilities and advanced air navigation equipment in place, the TTCAA has expanded its focus on the long term efficiency and sustainability of civil aviation in the FIR through: 

  • Studying trends, coordinating planning and development guidance for stakeholders that supports the sustainable development of international civil aviation
  • Development of guidance, facilitation and assistance to stakeholders in the process of liberalising the economic regulation of air transport, with appropriate safeguards
  • Providing assistance to stakeholders to improve efficiency of aviation operations through technical cooperation programmes.

The TTCAA has also placed great importance on the incorporation of safety in each aspect of the organisation’s operations. Safety Management System (SMS) programmes are currently being expanded throughout the organisation to develop SMS processes (risk identification, assessment, management concepts). Tracking systems have been developed and implemented to identify and monitor existing types of risks to civil aviation. In this way, TTCAA can develop and implement effective and relevant responses to emerging risks. Additionally, the TTCAA led the way in expanding the philosophy throughout the industry by offering SMS training to its stakeholders through the Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC). 

Aside from the technical departments, the administrative staff has also experienced positive change through departments working alongside each other for the first time in the history of the TTCAA. It is anticipated that synergy, teamwork and collaboration will be on the rise within the next fiscal period as staff become increasingly comfortable with their new surroundings and resources. 

TTCAA’s push to expand and enhance its human capacity stems from the need for continuous improvement and the drive for organisational excellence, as it looks to provide unparalleled service to the FIR. With full employment of the Strategic Plan initiatives on the horizon, the TTCAA re-iterates its commitment to safe skies for all. 

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