Project Management Unit

Introduction

The Project Management Unit (PMU), headed by the Manager PMU, is responsible for the overall planning, execution, coordination, evaluation and reporting necessary for implementation of the major development projects in accordance with standard project management practices.

The PMU is staffed by 6 Project Engineers from various engineering disciplines and 2 support engineers who report directly to the Manager PMU. The PMU team is supported by an administration officer.

The PMU Office is located on the ground floor of the PNGASL’s Corporate Head Office, East of Jackson's Airport Terminal next to the Air Traffic Control Tower, in the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea. These projects can take only a few months to several years to implement and ranging in value from 10’s of thousands to several million’s of kina.

 

Background to Projects

In line with its Strategic Development Plan PNGASL is undertaking major development projects to modernize its Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) systems. Ultimately to deliver improved and safer air traffic services within the PNG designated airspace.

To achieve this PMU makes recommendations on improving the PNGASL infrastructure to the Executive Committee in line with the Strategic Development Plan. Once the projects have been approved the PMU accepts the project and prepares all the required documentation and obtains the required approvals.

The modernization program includes IP based communications network, transition from ground to satellite based navigation, introducing ADS-B surveillance technology and fully automating its air traffic management system.

The improvements will lead to improvements in industry safety, efficiency and cost savings, whilst harmonizing with neighboring ANSP’s to delivering seamless airspace structure and world class air navigation services. 

 

The Process

The PMU team takes the project through the various stages of the acquisition process as follows:

Project Planning Stage – Development of engineering specifications.

Tender and Contract Signing – Develop the tender documentation, advertising, tender evaluation, contractor selection, final funding approvals by GoPNG and donors and contract signing.

Final Project Design Stage – Final contractor site surveys, final design acceptance and factory acceptance testing

Project Implementation Stage – Installation and final testing and acceptance

At this stage the project is handed over to the Maintenance Division.

 

The Projects

 WGS-84 Survey
The project involves the data survey to WGS-84 datum of aerodromes and CNS facilities. Accurate data is necessary to update the aeronautical dataset and associated air navigation charts.

This will be followed with the development of GNSS based instrument approach and landing procedures at selected airports.

Status - Completed

 

Early ADS-B Introduction (PAMAS)
Introduction of Automatic Dependant Surveillance, ADS-B for upper airspace and MLAT for the Port Moresby terminal area (TMA). The MLAT option for the Port Moresby terminal area is taken as a backup to and replacement for the Radar (SSR).

The scope was extended to include replacing the aging semi automated procedural air traffic management system with a modern fully automated ATM system in the Port Moresby ATCC. The surveillance systems and ATM modernization is expected to be completed by 4Q 2015.

The ATM system will harmonize with neighboring systems allowing seamless and world class air navigation service, realizing the PNGASL vision.

Status – Both simulators installed, all equipment is on site for ATM, ADSB and MLAT.  Completion expected mid 2017

 

VHF Radio Coverage Improvements No. 1
This project is for the delivery of the Aeronautical VHF Communication System, its communication links back to Port Moresby and including the associated Power Supply System for the respective remote VHF sites.

The VHF sites are:

1. Mt. Dimodimo in Milne Bay Province,

2. Mt. Fala in Central Province,

3. Mt. Mission in Morobe Province,

4. Mt. Otto in Eastern Highlands Province,

5. Mt. Konokalang in New Ireland Province.

Status – Factory Acceptance completed and all equipment has arrived in PNG. Completion expected mid 2016

 

VHF Communications Network Improvement Project No.2

This project is for the improvement of the existing Aeronautical VHF Communication System, its communication links back to Port Moresby, including the associated Power Supply System and other improvements as required for the respective remote VHF sites.

The VHF sites to be improved are:

  1. Burns peak in the National Capital District,
  2. Lorengau in Manu Province,
  3. Mt Nauwein in East Sepik Province,
  4. Mt Robinson in Western Province,
  5. Mt Kegum in Western Highlands Province.

Status – The tender Technical Evaluation has been completed.  Final contractor expected to be finalized by the end of 2015.

 

High Frequency (HF) Radio Improvement Project

This project is for the replacement of the aging and deteriorating existing HF radios in Port Moresby. 

The new HF will be located at Nadzab Airport with enhanced security.

Status – The tender Technical Evaluation has been completed.  Final contractor expected to be finalized by the end of 2015.

 

Secondary Surveillance Radar

The Secondary Surveillance Radar project is for the replacement of the aging Radar at Port Moresby.

Status – The tender Technical Evaluation has been completed.  Final contractor expected to be finalized by the end of 2015.

 

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

PNGASL is in the early stages of a transition to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and will implement Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) based Approaches at up to thirty one (31) key airports throughout PNG.

Status – In the final tender document preparation stage.

 

About Us

PNG Air Services limited, is a State Aviation Entity (SAE) which started its operations in 2008. Its primary business is to provide Air Navigation Services to the domestic and international airline operators who use PNG air space. Read more...