The Air Traffic Service is one of the two (2) Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines mandated to do the following:

  • Provision of Air Traffic Service within the Manila FIR, in different phases of flight, i.e. take off, departures, en-route, approach and landing.
  • Provision and management of Aeronautical Information and Telecommunication service.
  • Establish and maintain flight procedures in accordance with national regulations and in collaboration with regional plans.
  • Administration and implementation of ATS operational plans, projects and programs.
  • Develop and maintain New Generation Aviation Professionals (NGAP) for the provision of air traffic control, airspace management and aeronautical information and telecommunication service.

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide Air Traffic, Air Space Management, Air Traffic Flow Management, Flight Information Service/Aeronautical Information Service and Alerting Services consistent with Domestic, Regional and Global requirements

VISION

Seamless Air Traffic Management

FUNCTIONS

Director Air Traffic Service

  • Provision and management of Air Traffic Services in accordance with established national and ICAO standards and recommended practices.
  • Administration and implementation of operational plans and programs.
  • Establishment and proper utilization of controlled and navigable airspace within the Manila Flight Information Region.
  • Development & formulation of ATS policies, rules, regulations, procedures and standards.
  • Planning and implementation of ATS infrastructure projects.
  • Provision of training and career development of ATS personnel.
  • Coordination with international organization on development of new facilities, procedures and standards appropriate to be evolving technology.
  • Conduct periodic evaluation of A TS operations and subsequently plan and organize its improvements.

Safety Management System

  • Compliance to Regulatory Requirements. Fulfills ICAO Annex 19 and CAAP Regulatory Requirement in CARANS 10B concerning the establishment of a Safety Management in ATS.
  • SMS Implementation. Provides guidance and direction for the planning, implementation and day-to-day operation of ATS safety management system (SMS) in accordance to the ATS Safety Policy and Objectives.
  • Safety Risk Management. Ensures that formal processes are established for effective hazard identification and analysis and mitigation of safety risks.
  • Safety Assurance. Ensures systematic and ongoing safety monitoring and recording of safety performance, as well as evaluating safety management processes and practices.
  • Safety Promotion. Conducts safety-related training needs analysis for ATS personnel at all levels to ensure their competence in their assigned safety roles and responsibilities.
  • Safety Documentation and Communication. Documents and communicates safety initiatives and outputs throughout the ATS Organization

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AND AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT (ATCAMD)

  • Supervises and manages of Air Traffic Control Services provided within the Philippine airspace and all controlled airports to ensure safe, orderly and expeditious conduct of air traffic.
  • Operates and maintains of air traffic control and airspace facilities nationwide.
  • Assists in the investigations of aircraft accidents/incidents and perform safety monitoring of the operations of ATC facilities.
  • Implements and updates air traffic control plans and programs.
  • Maintains liaison with other aviation sectors and related agencies.
  • Recommend Human Resource Development (HRD) training requirements.
  • Performs administrative services to personnel under its jurisdiction.
  • Plans and organizes the most effective use of the Philippine airspace and air traffic flow within the area of responsibility.
  • Exploits/utilizes effectively the airspace and associated equipment in accordance with the requirements of the various airspace user.
  • Represents the country in international talks on matters of airspace utilization.
  • Ensures that the total traffic at any given point in any given area is balanced with the capacity of the air traffic control system.
  • Resolves simultaneous user demands/schedules in relation to air traffic control services.
  • Researches, evaluates, and develops new systems and equipment that will maximize airspace capacity.
  • Resolves all deficiencies relative to procedures and policies.
  • Analyzes ATCAMD management problems and provides solutions.
  • Ensures that all units operate in accordance with approved policies, standards and procedures.
  • Develops and formulates air traffic control and airspace management procedures and standards.

Divisions under ATCAMD

  1. Area Control Division
    • Supervises and manages the operations of the en-route control facilities of the ATS.
    • Updates en-route air traffic control plans and programs.
    • Coordinates and reports investigation of aircraft accidents/incidents within its area.
    • Standardizes facility rating procedures and examinations for en route ATC facilities and recommends ACC training requirements.
    • Maintains liaison with other ATS and CAAP units and documents all letters of agreement, etc.
    • Provides administrative services to personnel under its jurisdiction.
    • Ensures that all necessary technical equipment, publications and facilities are available and properly maintained.
    • Maintains records and submit reports on personnel, traffic activity and other phases of ATC operations as required.
    • Coordinates with adjacent countries on matters of airspace utilization and provision of regional air traffic service.
    • Participates in the modernization planning of enroute facilities.
    • Formulates contingency plans for enroute facility.
    • Analyzes enroute control and airspace management problems and provides solution
  2. Approach Control Division
    • Supervises and manages the operations of the approach control facilities of the ATS.
    • Updates approach air traffic control plans and programs.
    • Coordinates and reports investigation of aircraft accidents/incidents within its area.
    • Standardizes facility rating procedures and examinations for approach ATC facilities and recommends approach training requirements.
    • Maintains liaison with other ATS and CAAP units and documents all letters of agreement, etc.
    • Provides administrative services to personnel under its jurisdiction.
    • Ensures that all necessary technical equipment, publications and facilities are available and properly maintained.
    • Maintains records and submit reports on personnel, traffic activity and other phases of ATC operations as required.
    • Optimizes airspace utilization of terminal control areas.
    • Participates in the modernization planning of approach facilities.
    • Formulates contingency plans for approach facilities.
    • Analyzes approach control management problems and provides solutions.
  3. Aerodrome Control Division
    • Supervises and manages the operations of the aerodrome control facilities of the ATS.
    • Updates aerodrome air traffic control plans and programs.
    • Coordinates and reports investigation of aircraft accidents/incidents within its area.
    • Standardizes facility rating procedures and examinations for aerodrome ATC facilities and recommends approach training requirements.
    • Maintains liaison with airport  authorities, other ATS and CAAP units and documents all letters of agreement, etc.
    • Provides administrative services to personnel under its jurisdiction.
    • Ensures that all necessary technical equipment, publications and facilities are available and properly maintained.
    • Maintains records and submits reports on personnel, traffic activity and other phases of ATC operations as required.
    • Optimizes airspace utilization of aerodrome control areas.
    • Participates in the modernization planning of aerodrome facilities.
    • Formulates contingency plans for aerodrome facilities.
    • Analyzes aerodrome control management problems and provides solutions.
  4. Airspace and Flight Procedure Design Division
    • Plans and manages airspace utilization brought about by new or changes in government policy, airport development, operator request, or introduction of new concept of operations mandated by ICAO.
    • Develops visual and instrument flight procedures usch as Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP), Standard Instrument Departure (SID), Standard Instrument Arrival (STAR), airway system both terrestrial and satellite-based.
    • Evaluates Height Clearance Permit (HCP) applications to protect the integrity of flight procedures in the airport.
    • Assesses requested aerial activities other than regular transport of passengers such as aerial survey/mapping/photography, skydiving, unmanned aircraft operations, flower dropping, etc.

AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT (AICD)

  • Ensures the flow of information necessary for the safety, Regularity and efficiency of international air navigation.
  • Satisfies the uniformity and consistency in the provision of aeronautical information that is required for the operational use by computer-based navigation system.
  • Oversees the administration and provision of Aeronautical Information Service, Aerodrome Advisory Service, Aeronautical Data Communication Service, Aeronautical Mobile Service, Flight Information Service, Rescue and Coordination .
  • Maintains direct liaison with foreign AIS and related services for the required global dissemination and exchange of aeronautical information/data.
  • Recommends HRD training requirements.
  • Provides administrative services to personnel under its jurisdiction.
  • Supervises and manages National & International Aeronautical Telecommunications, Flight Information and assistance service nationwide.
  • Coordinates and reports investigation of aircraft accidents/incidents within its area of responsibility.
  • Provides frequency management and utilization to ATC/COMs, Navigational aid facilities including private aeronautical stations.
  • Implements & updates communication plans and programs.
  • Maintains liaison with other aviation sectors and related agencies.

Divisions under AICD

  1. Aeronautical Telecommunication Division
    • Supervises and manages all matters concerning the operations of all aeronautical telecommunications facilities;
    • Determines and prepares budgetary requirements;
    • Recommends, updates, and implements ATD plans and programs;
    • Coordinates and assists in the investigation of aircraft accidents/incidents within its jurisdiction;
    • Resolves deficiencies and make recommendations relative to policies, standards and procedures;
    • Recommends and evaluates equipment system improvements for ATD facilities;
    • Supervises, manages and controls aeronautical frequency band allocations to ATS facilities, radio navigation aids, private aeronautical stations and other entities requesting frequency assignments in coordination with the ICAO Regional Office;
    • Ensures the proper and efficient management of three-letter and telephony designators of aircraft operators in the Philippines in coordination with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);
    • Ensures the proper and efficient management of four-letter location indicators of all airports in the Philippines in coordination with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);
    • Assesses and recommends changes in personnel, equipment, space, and operating positions;
    • Instills discipline and proper demeanor among its personnel;
    • Participates in the development of training programs covering new equipment utilization;
    • Maintains liaison with other aviation sectors and related agencies;
    • Assists in the preparation of agreement between ATS units and military units and between national ATS units and foreign governments;
    • Recommends and evaluates equipment system improvements for telecommunications facilities;
    • Investigates complaints and/or reports of operational irregularities or accidents/ incidents for proper endorsement to the appropriate authorities;
    • Analyzes Aeronautical Telecommunications Division’s (ATD) management problems and provide solutions thereto;
      1. Implements & updates communication plans and programs;
      2. coordinates with the communications branch and other agencies regarding communications equipment;
      3. participates in the formulation of programs for  the provision of electronic communications and other ATS equipment;
      4. evaluates new systems;
      5. participates in the development and  installation of plans to ensure optimum use of equipment;
      6. participates in the development of training programs covering equipment utilization; and
    • Performs other functions of the department and/or service that may be delegated, designated and/or assigned;
  2. Aeronautical Information Service/Map Division
    • Manages and controls of aeronautical information/data concerning the entire territory of the State as well as areas which the State is responsible for air traffic services outside its territory.
    • Addresses all elements of the lntegrated Aeronautical lnformation Package originated by other States in order to satisfy users’ request for aeronautical information/data.
    • Ensures the promulgation of Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) is efficiently handled for the safety of air traffic.
    • Establishes direct contact with other AIS providers in order to facilitate the international exchange of aeronautical information/data.
    • Manages and operates the Aeronautical lnformation Publication (AlP) MAP, NOTAM Office (NOF), and briefing offices {BOF).
    • Maintains a properly organized quality system containing procedures, processes and resources necessary to implement quality management at each function stage.
    • Applies copyright protection to all AIS/MAP products to ensure better management and control of their use.
    • Provides and maintains automated AIS in order to improve the speed, accuracy, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of aeronautical information services.
    • Ensures the use of common reference systems such as horizontal, vertical, and temporal reference systems, for air navigation in the provision of aeronautical information.
    • Performs administrative functions over personnel under its jurisdiction.
    • Recommends requirements for human resource management.
    • Investigates complaints and/or reports of operational irregularities or accidents/incidents.
    • Assesses and recommends changes in personnel, equipment, space, and operating positions.
    • lnstills discipline and proper deportment among its personnel.
    • Analyzes Aeronautical Information Service/MAP’s (AlS/MAP) problems and provide solutions.
    • Performs functions of the Department Chief, if designated, in his/her absence.
    • Oversees the Admin of Aeronautical lnformation Service Aerodrome Units.
    • Maintains direct liaison with foreign AIS and related service for the required global dissemination and exchange of aeronautical information/data.
    • Does other tasks required by the Department Manager of AICD

AIR TRAFFIC PLANNING and PROGRESSION DEPARTMENT (ATPPD)

  • All matters concerning hiring, recruitment, employment and deployment, training, career development, performance evaluation, merit rating and promotion.
  • Prepares & implements the rules and regulations for human resource management for Air Traffic Service in accordance with the applicable laws of the Republic of the Philippines, and the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Participates in the investigation of administrative complaints on ATS personnel.
  • Reviews existing administrative procedures and recommends systems improvements.
  • Assists in the preparation of agreement between ATC units & military ATC units and between national ATS units and foreign government.
  • Cultivates and maintains effective relationships with other branches.
  • Prepares and monitors financial resources of ATS.
  • Reviews, evaluates and recommends policies and procedures for smooth transition from old technology to new technology.
  • Prepares and analyzes statistical data for ATS use.
  • Prepares documents and implements projects for ATS; and
  • Does other tasks required by ATS Chief

Divisions under ATPPD

  1. Air Traffic Planning Division
    • Programs the provision of electronic communications and other ATS equipment.
    • Evaluates and formulates new systems and standards.
    • Develops installation plans to ensure optimum use of equipment.
    • Coordinates with other agencies regarding communications and equipment.
    • Develops regional ATS space requirements, plans and layouts.
    • Ensues that adequate equipment and supplies are available to units.
    • Checks the quality of performance and reliability of equipment in use in ATS.
    • Develops and implements all ATS projects.
    • Develops and maintains ATS facilities in coordination with all ATS departments.
    • Analyzes ATS Evaluation, Standards and Project Development Maintenance and Implementation Division management problems and provide solutions.
    • Performs such other functions as may be required by the management.
  2. Air Traffic Progression Division
    • Implements all aspects of the ATMO training program;
    • Coordinates the selection of personnel for training;
    • Coordinates licensing program and develops required procedures;
    • Recommends actions regarding employees who fail to acquire or to maintain the necessary proficiency.
    • Evaluates progress and potentials of trainees;
    • Develops and revises training programs to satisfy ATS requirements in relation to recruitment, facility rating, proficiency, refresher, career progression, etc;
    • Monitors and evaluates the implementation of training programs;
    • Provides training aids and materials required for facility rating, proficiency, refresher and career progression;
    • Liaises and familiarizes with all ATS Departments/ Divisions;
    • Analyzes personnel training and proficiency requirements;
    • Analyzes Personnel Training, Proficiency and Progression Division management problems and provide solutions;
    • Does other tasks required by the Department Manager, ATPPD