Hong Kong's Information Services Department -- Director-General of Civil Aviation Simon Li today met the senior management of Raytheon Company, the contractor of the new Air Traffic Management System.
The meeting was held to follow up on the occurrence last week involving the system's Flight Data Processors, sub-system, and the system optimisation work at the initial stage of the commissioning.
Raytheon's Programme Manager Anthony Keane, Senior Principal Software Engineer David Maunder and Senior Principal Systems Engineer Thomas Richards attended the meeting at the request of the Civil Aviation Department.
Mr Li instructed Raytheon to implement the proposed permanent fix to address the incident as soon as possible, to prevent recurrence of momentary disassociation of flight plans when the two processors carry out data synchronisation.
Raytheon has undertaken to make the fix available by next week, which will then be tested in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation safety management process.
It also agreed to carefully review the issues identified since the new system's commissioning and its overall operations, and to conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify ways to speed up the optimisation of the system.
The two sides will hold regular meetings and teleconferences and the company will take follow-up actions in a timely manner.
It will also co-operate with the expert panel formed by the department to rectify the new system's teething issues.
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