Director-General of Civil Aviation meets with Raytheon Company on ATMS (with photo)

     Upon the request of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD), the senior management of the contractor for the new Air Traffic Management System (ATMS), Raytheon Company, met with the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Simon Li, today (December 6). The meeting was held to follow up on the occurrence last Tuesday (November 29) involving the Flight Data Processors (FDPs), a sub-system of the ATMS, and the system optimisation work at the initial stage of the commissioning.

     The representatives from Raytheon included Program Manager Mr Anthony Keane, Senior Principal Software Engineer Mr David Maunder and Senior Principal Systems Engineer Mr Thomas Richards.

     During the meeting, Mr Li instructed Raytheon to implement the proposed permanent fix to address the incident last Tuesday as soon as possible, so as to prevent recurrence of momentary disassociation of flight plans when the two FDPs carry out data synchronisation. Raytheon echoed the concerns over the incident last Tuesday and has undertaken to make the fix available by next week, which will then be tested in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization safety management process.

     Concerning the teething issues identified since the new ATMS' commissioning and the overall operations of the new ATMS, Raytheon noted that this is not uncommon to encounter similar situation in other new ATMS. Nonetheless, it agreed to carefully review them and conduct a comprehensive assessment, with a view to identifying effective solutions to speed up the optimisation of the new ATMS.

     Raytheon will hold regular meetings and teleconferences with CAD, and take appropriate follow-up actions in a timely manner to ensure smooth operation of the new ATMS.  The senior management of Raytheon has also agreed to co-operate with the expert panel set up by the CAD in order to rectify the teething issues of the new ATMS.

Ends/Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Issued at HKT 21:22