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Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B)

This surveillance technology allows an aircraft to determine its own position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations and can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self separation. ADS-B is on its way, and it promises to change the way you fly. While it'll make our skies safer, it's not always the easiest system to understand.

ADS-B allows air traffic controllers to route traffic more efficiently; reducing congestion, noise, emission and fuel consumption and properly equipped aircraft will gain an affordable way to get datalink traffic, as well as subscription-free weather. The information broadcast by each aircraft can also be received by other nearby aircraft and that information can be displayed on a traffic display such as a multi-function display (MFD). Aircraft that can receive ADS-B information have ADS-B In.

The ADS-B information used by air traffic controllers will allow improved separation services along with additional future applications such as continuous descent approaches, traffic avoidance along with future applications such as self-separation.


Secondary Surveillance Radar System (SSR)

SSR is a radar system used in Air Traffic Control (ATC), that not only detects and measures the position of aircraft i.e. range and bearing, but also requests additional information from the aircraft itself such as its identity and altitude. Unlike primary radar systems that measure only the range and bearing of targets by detecting reflected radio signals, SSR relies on targets equipped with a radar transponder, that replies to each interrogation signal by transmitting a response containing encoded data.

The SSR antennas are covered by Radar Dome (Radome) that protects it from weather conitions and conceal radar antenna electronic components from the publics view. They also protect nearby personnel from being accidentally struck by quickly rotating antennas. It is constructed of material that minimally attenuates the electromagnetic signal transmitted or received by the antenna. Radomes can be constructed in several shapes (spherical, geodesic, planar, etc.) depending upon the particular application using various construction materials (fibreglass, PTFE-coated fabric, etc.).

Very High Frequency - Omni Directional Range(VOR)

VHF Omni Directional Radio Range (VOR) is a type of short-range radio navigation system for aircraft; enabling aircraft with a receiving unit to determine their position and stay on course by receiving radio signals transmitted by a network of fixed ground radio beacons. It uses frequencies in the very high frequency (VHF) band from 108 to 117.95 MHz. Developed in the United States beginning in 1937 and deployed by 1946, VOR is the standard air navigational system in the world,[1][2] used by both commercial and general aviation.

The basic principle of operation of the VOR is very simple: the VOR facility transmits two signals at the same time. One signal is constant in all directions, while the other is rotated about the station. The airborne equipment receives both signals, looks (electronically) at the difference between the two signals, and interprets the result as a radial from the station.


Aeronautical Information Services

One of the least known and most vital roles in support of international civil aviation is filled by the Aeronautical Information Service (AIS). The objective of the Aeronautical Information Service is to ensure the flow of information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of international air navigation.

The AIS which forms part of the Air Navigation Services Division of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority ensures the flow of information necessary for the safety, regularity and efficiency of international and national air navigation within the Kingston FIR. It consists of an AIS Headquarters, International NOTAM Office (NOF) and an AIS aerodrome unit.

The AIS is responsible for the collection and dissemination of aeronautical information to flight operations personnel and services responsible for flight information services, locally and overseas.

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