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Sri Lanka upgrades Colombo FIR control centre

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has upgraded air navigation infrastructure in Colombo Flight Information region which controls air traffic over most of the central Indian Ocean area.

The Colombo FIR (VCC FIR) stretches 600,000 square nautical miles with 14 routes.

Colombo FIR runs till Chennai FIR on the North, Male in the West, Melbourne in the South and Jakarta FIR in the East.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga inspected the newly upgraded centre operated by state-run Airport and Aviation Services Ltd.

The ministry said the Shortwave (High Frequency) communications system has not been upgraded for 40 years.

A new Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) has replaced a manual system.

Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) has a Air Situation Display (ASD), Electronic-strip Facilities and Automated CDN (Coordination) message transmission facility.

The FDPS has been linked to the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN), Air Traffic Message Handling System (AMHS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems at site for relevant data acquisition, communication and synchronization. (Colombo/Nov03/2019-sb)

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