Thales supports COCESNA navaid renewal

World ATM Congress Thales is to provide navaids to support COCESNA’s four-year multi-site Navaid Renewal Project of Central America until 2020.

At World ATM Congress 2017, Thales received a contract from the Corporacion Centroamericana de Servicio de Navegacion Aerea (COCESNA), the air navigation service provider for six Central American countries, to provide four Doppler VHF Omni Directional Radio Range with Distance Measuring Equipment (DVOR/DME) and two Instrument Landing Systems with Distance Measuring Equipment (ILS/DME), site surveys, installation and on-the-job training.

For almost 20 years, Thales has partnered with COCESNA to provide navigation, ADS-B surveillance and automation solutions for Central America. The navaids associated with this contract will be deployed in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

DVOR systems enable an aircraft to determine its bearing relative to the location of the DVOR ground system supporting approach and en route guidance. DME systems provide distance information between the aircraft and the location of the DME ground equipment. Further, ILS systems aid in approach and landing, especially under poor weather and visibility conditions, by providing information to enable guidance during descent. They also provide deviation information from a defined approach path down to and along the runway surface.


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