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Aviation safety is being piloted as Burma bracket for the tourism boom
While Burma's economic growth and the number of tourists arriving is rising, flight security in one of the countries with an audited flight security track-record has put to the test. As the Burmese business sector continues to grow and tourism arrives, flight security will be put to the test in a land long described as the South East Asian airline capital.
Former DCA officers at the Myanmar Civil Aviation Conference 2014 said Burma's aviation activity has grown 32 per cent a year in the last two years, with even higher rates of increase anticipated in the years ahead as tourists increase and the Burmese industry grows. Concerns are that the Burmese authorities are trying to promote potentially profitable economic thriving industries, such as travel and travel, and that security concerns may be ignored or undersupplied.
Without appropriate improvement in ATM and MSM at Burma's Burmese airfields, "any expansion of airspace capacities is pointless," said Hai Eng Chiang, Asia -Pacific Operations Manager at the Civil Aviation Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), which serves the interests of the world's ANSP. DCA Principal of Aeronautical Health and Aftersales, Tike Aung, part of Burma's Ministry of Transport, said there is a need to raise awareness of aeronautical health and security and improve aeronautical information flow control schemes as the number of flights and passengers increases.
"Tike Aung said: "The most important challenge is to improve the performance of the ATC system and improve flight quality. However, as any Burmese visitors to an international Burmese airfield can confirm, often the level of protection is low and the associated technologies are out of date. Yoshiyuki Hoshiyama, Narita International Airportcorporation's Sr. E.U., pointed to a contrasting approach in the processes between Burma's often old, run-down airfields and major international ports, naming biometrics and registration plates as further high-tech elements of avionics.
It is not even installed at Rangoon's major Rangoon airfield, which is for the time being the country's most important global gate, until an 12 million passenger per year airfield is built in the Pegu Division, about an hour's car ride from Burma's old city. Myanmar has 66 airfields and airfields in an area the dimensions of Greater France and England, three of which are included as Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Rangoon Airfields.
Burma's ability to introduce a sustainable aviation system in the coming years is not just a task for civil servants, says Win Swe Tun, who says that the country's eight local carriers must assume some of the responsibilities. "Much of the protection lies on the floor with the airports and airline companies, not just with the regulatory authorities.
Guaranteeing the countries sovereignty as the number of travellers increases can make the area more attractive to visitors in a highly competetive area. With Burma's authorities seeking to provide overseas funding for new and modernized airfields and seeking international carriers to establish collaborative partnerships with its partners, maintaining a secure corporate identity could be an important factor in persuading investment.
"A number of carriers have very good standards and security managment schemes, but there are still some shortcomings within some carriers and some airports," Win Swe Tun admitted.