THE latest high resolution Himawari 8 weather metrological observation satellite is a massive boost to the airline industry, according to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
CASA PNG chief operating officer Capt Tom Waqa said the system would make improvements as far as aviation forecasting and recording was concerned. “For the airlines it’s a big boost as we’re able to get benefits for accuracy in forecast which has been an issue, particularly for Jackson airport,” Waqa said.
He said this during the launch of the latest technology at the National Weather Service office yesterday in Port Moresby.
“I’m sure that Air Niugini will be very happy once the new system becomes fully operational for reliability on weather forecast,” he said.
He said the new system was not only for international but also for domestics airlines.
“It’s encouraging to know that updates are given every 10 minutes. For domestic operators it will be a big plus.”
Waqa said CASA PNG had been working closely with the NWS for certifications and that international requirements and standards for weather reporting and provision of weather services was part of the improvement.
“We have been working together on a civil aviation path towards full certification for CASA and this is one step again moving towards that.
“As you know the 2018 APEC meeting is coming up and this journey is an important part of improvement for the civil aviation system in PNG.