Indonesian ADS-B Technology for Airports in Papua

The flight monitoring system is one of the most important infrastructures for air traffic safety. This year, several airports in Papua will be able to enjoy Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) that are created by Indonesian scientists.

The information was delivered by the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, in a meeting last December, after test and trial with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. The research for this project has been initiated since 2007 and will be produced this year.

“I have commissioned for a mass production in 2017. We need these instruments in Papua, because we want to have a clear air view in Papua,” said Budi in Jakarta Air Traffic Services Center, Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang as cited from Detik.

Quoted from, ADS-B is an instrument that is developed to detect transponder signals from commercial airplane within 200 miles of range. Therefore, the airplane’s movement can be detected. Accordingly, various information about the airplanes that are on the air can be detected by ADS-B.

The ADS-B is made in Indonesia, as cited from Detik, and it can enable airports to have easier access regarding information such as schedule of departures, flight numbers, flight routes, exact position of the airplane, the flight elevations, type of airplanes and its registration number, flight destinations, and it can also identify any passing foreign airplanes and other important information.

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Budi Karya Sumadi overseeing the work of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) made in Indonesia

As for Papua, this tool is very important due to the condition of the nature in Papua, where almost all of the area is covered by mountains, the myriad of valleys, and occasional extreme weather. These conditions are the reasons why the ADS-B technology should be sufficient in all airports in Papua.

Up to now, Airnav Indonesia has been controlling the all aerial navigation in Indonesia. The Indonesian air territory it self is divided into 2 Flight Information Regions with 12,206 movements per day.

As cited from infopenerbangan, the Operational Director of Airnav Indonesia, Wisnu Darjono said “Currently, not all air territory in Papua has been observed by flight tracker (ADS-B) that are set up in several airports in Papua.  Next year, we will build more towers and facilities in Papua. At least, we will add six more ADS-B in airports in Papua. Thus, almost every area can be observed”.

ADS-B is not a technology that is originally from Indonesian. To date, the Indonesian airports have been using this navigation, technology that are imported. Hence, the project that has been taking place since 2007 with the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education will gradually be applied on every airports in Indonesia in order to use locally made instruments. Currently, there are only two airports that have applied the local ADS-B. The airports are Hussein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung and Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang.

Priorotizing Papua

Since Budi Karya Sumadi was elected as the Minister of Transportation in the cabinet reshuffle of Jokowi-JK government last year, the ex-Managing Director of Angkasa II has started his duty as a minister who manages everything that are related to transportation in Indonesia. Papua is one of his priorities in transportation development for East of Indonesia.

In several occasions, he said that the transportation in Papua has become the priority of the Ministry of Transportation. There will be no compromises regarding the safety of the people in Papua when using transportation.

From the observation, the developments and improvements of sea and air transportation in Papua have been quite significant under the authority of the current Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya. Some of his visions, such as longer runway in Wamena Airport, new flight routes and airport establishment in remote areas in Papua, and revamping the logistic flow have proven beneficial. The ministry of Transportation is cooperating with the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) and Indonesian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) for the expedite and safety of raw material shipment mobility, either for construction or edible material.

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