Radar Header Benefits Costa Rican Airport Operations

The installation of the new radar header, control tower equipment and a control room with state-of-the-art technology today put Costa Rica at the forefront of aeronautical safety in Central America. The modernization of the facilities benefits the operations of the international airports Juan Santamaría, in Alajuela and main of the country, and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia, capital of the northwest province of Guanacaste, as well as the aerial capital terminal Tobías Bolaños, used for airplanes and jets. Civil Aviation Director General Enio Cubillo said that the change of the radar header made up of a primary and a secondary radar is part of the process of modernization of the air traffic system. This, he emphasized, allows to extend the coverage of 60 to 80 nautical miles the primary and secondary to 250 nautical miles, which guarantees the safety of the air operation in the country. In addition, it incorporates state-of-the-art PBN (satellite based navigation) flight functionality, with alert systems that detect when a flight can not make the planned route according to its PBN capability, also indicates if the aircraft is laterally deflected further of what is allowed. The replaced radars will be donated to the Ministry of Public Security, as well as an air traffic control console to support the information processed by the Air Surveillance Service.

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