The Manila Aeronautical Data Communications Center (MADCC) is concrete result of the evolution of data communications. The most efficient, cost effective, and secured form of aviation communications that utilized the latest in computer and networking technology to satisfy the demand of air safety and economy. The new AMHS system being used is a remarkable feat in hardware and software design since most of the components are COTS or commercial off-the-shelf whereby readily available in the market. Manila ADCC formerly called the Manila Aeronautical Fixed Service (MAFS) Station is currently tasked to provide Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) and Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) service primarily for the safety of air navigation and for the regular, efficient and economical operation of air services.
Area of Responsibility. The Manila ADCC is one of the major communications facilities of the Air Traffic Service. It is the central data communications unit of all ATS facilities. The MADCC link’s all airports’ ATS facilities to enable the exchange of vital aeronautical information such as NOTAM, weather reports, flight plans, departure and arrival messages, position reports and other messages important to aviation. MADCC is connected to four (4) Asia-Pacific countries that serve as gateway to worldwide link to other ICAO member states for the relay and exchange of the aeronautical messages.
Location. The Manila ADCC is currently located at the first floor of the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) Building, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Old MIA Road, Pasay City.
Hours of Operations. MADCC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It operates and provides Air Traffic Services via AFTN/AMHS with three shifts of 8 hours each manned by at least three (3) highly qualified personnel per shift headed by a shift supervisor.
- Shift 1 – 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (2300 – 0700 UTC)
- Shift 2 – 3:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. (0700-1500 UTC)
- Shift 3 – 11:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. (1500-2300 UTC)
Organization. The MADCC is under the Aeronautical Information and Communications Department (AICD), together with Air Traffic Control and Airspace Management Department (ATCAMD), and Air Traffic Planning and Progression Department (ATPPD) make up the Air Traffic Service (ATS). The ATS together with Air Navigation Service, Aerodrome Development and Management Service, Flight Standards Inspectorate Service, Civil Aviation Training Center, and Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry board are the major services of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
Manila ADCC Staff and Personnel
- Chief of Facility – Facility In Charge, Air Traffic Management Officer V
- Assistant Chief of Facility – Asst. Chief Air Traffic Management Officer V
- Facility Training Officer – Asst. Chief Air Traffic Management Officer V or IV. In some instance the Chief can designate a shift supervisor to act as facility training officer.
- Lead Safety Officer – same with Facility Training Officer
- Shift Supervisor – Air Traffic Management Officer IV.
- System Management Operator – Air Traffic Management Officer III.
- CADAS Administration Terminal Operator – Air Traffic Management Officer II or I.
- Message Handling Operator – Air Traffic Management Officer II or I
- Facility Clerk – Computer Encoder
Organizational Chart of Manila ADCC
Functions. The MADCC is responsible for the receiving, processing, re-processing, storing, archiving, routing, re-routing, relaying, transmitting and re-transmitting the following AFTN and AMHS messages according to categories encoded in ICAO Standard Message ITA-2, IA5, and ATSMHS formats:
- Distress messages (priority indicator SS, urgent). This message category shall comprise those messages sent by mobile stations reporting that they are threatened by grave and imminent danger and all other messages relative to the immediate assistance required by the mobile station in distress.
- Urgency messages (priority indicator DD, urgent). This category shall comprise messages concerning the safety of a ship, aircraft or other vehicles, or of some person on board or within sight.
- Flight safety messages (priority indicator FF, normal) shall comprise:
- movement and control messages as defined in PANS-ATM (Doc 444), Chapter 10;
- messages originated by an aircraft operating agency of
- immediate concern to aircraft in flight or preparing to depart;
- meteorological messages restricted to SIGMET information;
- special air-reports, AIRMET messages, volcanic ash; and
- tropical cyclone advisory information and amended forecasts.
- Meteorological messages (priority indicator GG, non-urgent) shall comprise:
- Messages concerning forecasts (e.g. terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), area and route forecasts;
- messages concerning observations and reports, e.g. METAR, SPECI.
- Flight regularity messages (priority indicator GG, non urgent) shall comprise:
- aircraft load messages required for weight and balance computation;
- messages concerning changes in aircraft operating schedules;
- messages concerning aircraft servicing;
- messages concerning changes in collective requirements for passengers, crew and cargo covered by deviation from normal operating schedules;
- messages concerning non-routine landings;
- messages concerning pre-flight arrangements for air navigation services and operational servicing for non-scheduled aircraft operations (e.g. over flight clearance requests);
- messages originated by aircraft operating agencies reporting an aircraft arrival or departure;
- messages concerning parts and materials urgently required for the operation of aircraft.
- Aeronautical information services (AIS) messages (priority indicator GG, non urgent) shall comprise:
- messages concerning NOTAMs;
- messages concerning SNOWTAMs.
- Aeronautical administrative messages (priority indicator KK, non urgent) shall comprise:
- messages regarding the operation or maintenance of facilities provided for the safety or regularity of aircraft operations;
- messages concerning the functioning of aeronautical telecommunication services;
- messages exchanged between civil aviation authorities relating to aeronautical services.
- Service messages (priority indicator as appropriate). This category shall comprise messages originated by aeronautical fixed stations to obtain information or verification concerning other messages which appear to have been transmitted incorrectly by the aeronautical fixed service, confirming channel-sequence numbers, etc.