| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Brunei Darussalam Meteorological De-partment (BDMD), Ministry of Communications (MinComm) and DHJ Electrical Engineering Sdn Bhd held a contract-signing ceremony yesterday for the all-inclusive implementation (supply, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning and other related services) of a Low Level Wind Shear Alert System (LLWAS) for the Brunei International Airport.
Present at Le Taj Restaurant in Kiulap yesterday as the ceremony’s guest of honour was the Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.
Signing on behalf of the His Majesty’s Govern-ment was Permanent Secretary at MinComm, Awg Abdul Mutalib bin POKSS Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, while DHJ was represented by its Managing Director, Yap Boon Siang.
The Head of Weather Services, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Marzeti binti Hj Mahadi, in her welcoming note as the event’s chairperson highlighted that the LLWAS is a project under the National Development Plan (NDP) as part of the government’s continuous effort to further enhance the safety of flight operations.
She also noted that the project is expected to raise the airport’s standards by fulfilling the technical specifications for air traffic services as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
LLWAS is a ground-based system that simultaneously detects and provides visual and audio alerts to air traffic controllers and other airport personnel on low-level wind shear and micro-burst occurrences.
Wind shear, which has long been recognised as one of the major aviation hazards in an airport environment, particularly during aircraft take-off and landing, is a rapid change in wind direction or velocity.
DHJ was awarded the contract and appointed as the contractor responsible for the project, which is scheduled for completion in about six months and also involves the installation of 11 remote wind sensor stations around the aerodrome areas.