New radar and aeronautical services in Punta Cana

Tourism and civil aviation authorities supervise new radar and aeronautical services of Punta Cana

The new Doppler weather radar, the most modern in the Caribbean Region, installed at the Punta Cana International Airport, already has the certified operation of its manufacturer while the training of its technical personnel is in its final phase, revealed the interim general director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute, Héctor Porcella.

After participating in an inspection visit to the Punta Cana Control Center and Control Tower, together with the Minister of Tourism, David Collado and other aeronautical authorities, Porcella indicated that the new meteorological equipment will allow the country to have real-time information, distance, altitude and speed, of Radares y Servicios Aeronauticosmeteorological events that may represent a risk for the national territory.

The tour of the Punta Cana facilities was attended by Minister Collado, the director of the Airport Department Victor Pichardo; the director of Air Navigation of the IDAC, Claudia Beatriz Roa Ochoa; the director of the Specialized Airport Security Corps (CESAC), Colonel Florial Suarez; the director of POLITUR, General Minoru Matsunaga; the representative of the private sector before the Civil Aviation Board, Antonio Yapor; the executive of the Puntacana Group, Paola Rainieri; and the director of the IDAC, the entity responsible for the new project, in coordination with the National Meteorological Directorate (ONAMET).

During their presence in Punta Cana, the authorities supervised the measures adopted to protect the aeronautical equipment, including the aircrafts that remain in the airport terminals and the security systems in the air navigation services.

Porcella explained that the Doppler radar will be a strategic tool for the follow-up and timely monitoring of atmospheric phenomena, and the early warning systems for possible climatic threats.

He indicated that the commissioning of the Doppler radar is part of the initiatives undertaken by the IDAC, with the full support of President Abinader, to strengthen operational security as a fundamental tool to protect the country from the impact of atmospheric phenomena and to guarantee the sustainability of the remarkable growth of civil aviation in the Dominican Republic.

Last Friday, the IDAC gathered its main area directors to officially activate its emergency committee and arrange inter-institutional coordination measures in the face of the passage of storm Fiona.

The interim general director of the IDAC instructed the responsible personnel to apply the prevention protocols internally and to remain on alert, following the guidelines issued by the Emergency Operations Center (COE).

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