IDAC and Onamet will improve aeronautical meteorology

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) and the National Meteorological Office (Onamet) formalized an inter-institutional coordination agreement to strengthen the provision of aeronautical meteorological services in the country, in compliance with the standards outlined by the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Through the agreement signed by Héctor Porcella, general director of IDAC and Gloria Ceballos, director of Onamet, the state institutions commit to give effective compliance to the presidential decree 176-17, of May 23, 2017, to respond to the requirements of the agreement, and to the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The parties agree that the management and operation of meteorological equipment and systems remain in charge of the IDAC, which in turn grants Onamet the power to remain interconnected to the meteorological equipment installed and operated by the aeronautical entity.

The agreement also states that the Onamet will attend the personnel transfer requests made by the IDAC, of the specialized personnel currently working in that Office, exhausting the procedure established in Law 41-08 of Public Function.

Both Porcella and Ceballos agreed that this is a transcendental step for civil aeronautics and Dominican aeronautical meteorology, by adapting to the standards and requirements of international air navigation.

Agreement of utmost importance

“This agreement between our institutions is of utmost importance, as it allows the IDAC to expand its range of services for the benefit of greater operational safety in air navigation, while expanding and strengthening the strategic service offered by Onamet,” said Porcella.

IDAC MeteorologíaMeanwhile, Ceballos said that the Onamet was born, grew and developed hand in hand with the IDAC, always working in collaboration as two sister institutions. “We will continue to offer the other meteorological services that the Dominican population receives, but in order to continue complying with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), we are ceding the Aeronautical Meteorology section to the IDAC”.

During the signing of the agreement, the general director of the IDAC reaffirmed that in the coming months two new Doppler radars will be installed, one in Puerto Plata and the other in Santo Domingo, in addition to the one already operating in Punta Cana.

In this regard, the national director of Onamet said that the Doppler radar in Punta Cana will be part of the Caribbean Radar Mosaic, whose data will be incorporated into this circuit, for the cyclonic season of 2024.

In order to fulfill the purpose of the Inter-institutional Cooperation Agreement, the IDAC and Onamet committed to form a joint commission with representatives of both institutions, whose main responsibility will be to coordinate the transfer of the provision of the Aeronautical Meteorology service in the national territory to the IDAC, as well as the transfer of the necessary technical personnel using the mechanisms established by Law No. 41-08 of Public Function and its implementing regulations, among other actions.


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