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Updated on the 7th of Jan, 2020
Government of Australia Funded Projects

The VHF1 Project is fully funded by the Government of Australia through a Grant Aid.

It will provide enhanced VHF Aeronautical Communications capability for PNG through the upgrade of remote communications and power supply facilities including the installation of new dual redundant wide area communication (voice/data) links and “state of the art” VHF Radios at strategic locations around the country.

Currently a total of eight (8) sites have been successfully installed, tested and accepted and these included

  • Lorengau,
  • Mt. Nauwein,
  • Tokua,
  • Mt. Hagen,
  • Madang,
  • Nadzab,
  • Mt. Fala,
  • Mt Konokalang and
  • Mt. Robinson.

Additionally sites at Goroka, Mt Otto and Mt Rajun will be upgraded this year. 

Niusky Project - IN PROGRESS

The Niusky Project is jointly supported financially by GoPNG through the Government’s PIP Funds and the Australian Government under the PNG-AUS Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).

This is a fundamental project in the modernization program and will provide a number of enhanced systems, as follows:

  1. Air Traffic Management system:
    • Main Operational System (MOS) - COMPLETED
    • Disaster Recovery System (DRS) - COMPLETED
    • associated training system  - COMPLETED
  2. Terrestrial based ADS-B receivers around the country - COMPLETED
  3. Voice Communication System (VCS) at Port Moresby and at regional control towers - IN PROGRESS
  4. 3D 270o Tower Control Simulator - COMPLETED

In order to support these systems a number of related work packages have been progressed, as follows:

  1. New Center and Tower Consoles - IN PROGRESS
  2. Civil Works Port Moresby Air Traffic Control Center Refurbishment - COMPLETED
  3. Civil Works – Power Supply System Upgrade (UPS) - COMPLETED
  4. Civil Works – Power Distribution - COMPLETED
  5. Civil Works – Ethernet Cabling - COMPLETED

The NiuSky Project remains on track and we are in the process of transitioning to use these new systems and capabilities.

In order to gain the greatest benefit from these systems there has been extensive development of customized training and procedures.

GNSS Based Approach Project  - IN PROGRESS

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) refers collectively to the various constellations of satellites providing position fixing information. Airborne receivers use the information to accurately determine aircraft position which in turn, enables safe and accurate navigation.

The use of this satellite-based technology will contribute tangible benefits to the air transport industry through improving operational efficiency and safety in terms of new and accurate instrument approach procedures. Related navigational aspects will also reduce carbon emissions and reduce air operator costs. The project’s contract was officially signed on the 30th January 2017 and is fully funded by the Australian Government. On the 9th of February, 2017 the project was officially launched and involved all key stakeholders.

PNGASL continues to engage meaningfully with the aviation community through the establishment of the GNSS Working Group comprising key stakeholders to ensure broad industry input to the project. The group meets on a regular basis and meetings will include presentations by the GNSS Approach Design Contractor and in-depth discussions, designed to engender the best possible project outcomes.

It is expected that at the end of the project the provision of GNSS-based instrument approach procedures will be implemented at up to 45 airports throughout the country.

ADB Funded Projects

Contracts were signed earlier in 2016 for three projects funded under the CADIP program, as follows:

Mode-S Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) Project - COMPLETED

The Project covers supplying, installing and commissioning of a new Secondary Surveillance Radar system with Mode S enhanced surveillance capacity, complete with integrated radar signal processing, track processing, site monitors, a new tower, radome, and control and monitoring sub-systems.



To design, manufacture, test, deliver, install and commission a new HF Radio System at Nadzab Airport including Antenna System, Power Supply Systems, LAN Network Systems, Equipment Hut and Security Fence. The current status of the project is, as follows:

Antennas have been delivered to site and their installation has been completed. 

Trenching for the cables is ongoing and has been completed in Q3 2019.

A building permit was granted and civil works for the equipment buildings has commenced. The contractor has reported a delay in the project schedule, due to weather and associated factors:



VHF2 Project will provide VHF Aeronautical Communications, ATIS and power systems to multiple sites throughout Papua New Guinea.

10/11 sites completed

Hybrid Power System - 1 site

Standby power (genset & battery banks) - 3 sites

Radios – 10 sites

Systems have been operationally commissioned at Madang, Nadzab, Tokua, Mt Nauwein

Outstanding work include;

Installation at Mt Robinson (includes Hybrid Power System and Radios)

Operational Commissioning – remaining sites

Key Infrastructure – Minor Projects

There are a number of minor projects that are currently in progress, as follows:

  • Eaton UPS Battery Replacement Project - COMPLETED

The project is to replace the Eaton UPS Batteries in the DRS and ATSC equipment room; this is due to high internal resistance discovered with the current batteries.

  • Radar PPL Power Supply - COMPLETED

To have an independent power supply feed to Radar Hill as the current situation is that we are sharing with PNG Weather Service and any issues with PNG Power are not resolved as fast as we would like.

  • SITA microwave link to Radar Hill - COMPLETED

To allow a connection between the SITAONAIR network and the Niusky ATM system. This will allow for FANS 1/A equipped aircraft to communicate with the Niusky ATM system via datalink (ADS-C/CPDLC).

This project supplements the SITAONAIR service agreement.

  • Burns Peak to Mt Lawes Relocation - PLANNED

This project has gone through the bidding phase and is in the technical evaluation phase.

  • Level 2 ATC Operational room refurbishment - COMPLETED

The refurbishment of the ATC Operational room includes additional power and Ethernet cabling, a new entrance door of office area, the replacement of the ceiling, new carpet and a fresh coat of paint.