Minor software glitch triggers flight delays at Changi Airport

Minor software glitch triggers flight delays at Changi Airport

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 08:00

Foo Jie Ying
The New Paper
A “minor software glitch” in a new radar system led to flights being delayed from taking off or landing at Changi
Airport on Monday morning.
The Long Range Radar Display System (Lorads) III, which went live only last month, is an upgrade from the
previous air traffic control system and is designed to be able to handle a higher volume of traffic.
A Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) spokesman said the glitch, which happened at 10.50am,
“resulted in some flight delays”. By 1pm, the system was up and running as usual again, the spokesman added.
A check on the Changi Airport flight status website showed that there were six flights with delayed take-offs
during this period. The delays ranged from 50 minutes to two hours. Another 10 arriving flights landed between
30 and 45 minutes later than scheduled.
According to Mr Paul Yap, the course manager of Aviation Management and Services at Temasek Polytechnic
(TP), Lorads III is a very “powerful” system with many advantages over previous systems. One of them is its
ability to prompt air traffic controllers of possible collisions between aircraft, and devising solutions to avoid
them, he said.
The glitch in Lorads III could have made traffic control less efficient, and “caused some disruption to the normal
operations, particularly in the initial transition to the back up systems”, Mr Yap said.
Some of these contingency procedures include radio communication and a computer messaging system similar
to that of taxis.


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