New Air Traffic Control Center to Open in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A new air traffic control center will be put into operation in the near future. It will be the first center in the Transcaucasus to meet the standards of the International Air Transport Association.

The new center is equipped with the Eurocat-1000 navigation system produced by the French Tomson company–and with the TXM-400 digital communication system. According to the center staffers–the previously used Start-2 system became obsolete–and the problem of spare parts was impossible to solve.

The old system–which occupied ten times as much space–was capable of serving only 36 airplanes at a time–while the technical potential of the new system is almost limitless. According to navigators–the application of the new system will enhance the safety of the airplanes flying over Armenia.

The program of establishing a new center costs $3 million. The equipment was installed at the expense of the Tomson company. The funds collected from air companies for ensuring safety of the air space over Armenia will be transferred to the Tomsom company on account of the debt.

60-70 airplanes fly daily over Armenia–and keeping the air routes safe costs $51 every 100 km.

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