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Jakarta Post

AirNav to install new navigation tool in Papua

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 15, 2017   /  06:38 pm
AirNav to install new navigation tool in Papua Crash-landing – A Grand Caravan aircraft belonging to private airline Asian One Air crashes during its attempt to land at Aminggaru Airport in Ilaga, Puncak, Papua, on Oct.13. (Courtesy of/the Puncak administration)

State-run air navigation company AirNav has said it plans to install seven automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B), a more modern navigation system, in Papua, on account of the difficult terrain.

The tool will be purchased by AirNav from PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia (INTI), which had its ADS-B tool certified by the government this year.

“Our priority in 2017 is to have seven ADS-B installed in Papua because of the terrain, from Jayapura, Wamena, Dekai and Timika,” AirNav operational director Wisnu Darjono said on Wednesday, adding that he was positive the ADS-B from INTI would be of similar quality to those purchased from abroad.

(Read also: Papua airport resumes operation after accident)

The devices have been installed as part of a five-year test operation at Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang, Central Java and Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung, West Java.

The deployment of the devices in Papua is part of the government’s response to the frequent air accidents in the province.

Wisnu said the deployment was expected to boost tourism.

ADS-B is cited to use less electrical power, even with a power cell, and cost less, at Rp 10 billion (US$748,335) each.

AirNav had previously earmarked Rp 800 billion to improve its flight security system for the western part of the country this year. (bbn)