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Functions of Air Navigation Services (ANS)

The term Air Navigation Services includes Air Traffic Management (ATM), Communications, Navigation and Surveillance systems (CNS), Meteorological Services for Air Navigation (MET), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Aeronautical Information Service/Aeronautical Information Management (AIS/AIM). These services are provided to air traffic during all phases of aircraft operations (En-route, Terminal and Aerodrome).

Role of ANS within Pakistan CAA

While Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has been made responsible for the regulation and control of civil aviation activities within the country under Pakistan CAA Ordinance 1982, it has also been entrusted the responsibility for provision of civil airports and provision of Air navigation services under the same ordinance.

ANS Division mainly comprises three directorates i.e. Operations Directorate, CNS Engineering Directorate and Flight Calibration Directorate. The provision of Air Navigation Services is the prime responsibility of Operations directorate with the support of CNS engineering and Flight Calibration Directorate who caters for the provision of required infrastructure and facilities for provision of such services.

ANS Division is responsible for Air Traffic Management, provision of Search & Rescue Services, Aeronautical Communication, Navigation & Surveillance Services, Aeronautical Information Service and Flight Procedure Design services within Pakistan airspace whereas the responsibility for the provision of Meteorological services for air navigation rest with Pakistan Meteorological Department under a MoU.

Air Traffic Management (ATM)

ATM is the dynamic, integrated management of air traffic and airspace including air traffic services, airspace management and air traffic flow management. The objective is to ensure safely, economically and efficiently the air traffic flow through the provision of CNS facilities and seamless services in collaboration with concerned stakeholders.

Air traffic services are used to manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and across Pakistan airspace including those portions of high seas for which the responsibility has been delegated to Pakistan under Regional Air Navigation Agreements.

Airspace management (ASM) is a planning function with the primary objective of maximizing the utilization of available airspace by dynamic time – sharing and, at times, the segregation of airspace among various stakeholders based on their needs.

Air traffic Flow Management (ATFM) is a service established with the objective of contributing to a safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic by ensuring that ATC capacity is utilized to the maximum extent possible, and that the traffic volume is compatible with the capacities declared by the appropriate ATS authority.

Pakistan airspace

Pakistan Airspace is divided into 02 Flight Information Regions (FIRs) i.e. Karachi and Lahore FIRs. Lahore FIR includes Pakistan airspace North of latitude 300 North whereas Karachi FIR includes Pakistan airspace south of latitude 300 North as well as those portions of high seas (upto 2330N) where the responsibility for provision of ATS rest with Pakistan. The services in respective FIRs are provided by Karachi and Lahore Area Control Centers (ACCs). Karachi ACC is further subdivided into 4 control sectors (East, west, North and South) whereas Lahore ACC has 03 control sectors (East, West Upper and West Lower).

Besides Area Control Centers, Aerodrome and Approach Control Services are provided from Aerodrome Control Towers established at each airport and Approach Control offices established around major airports depending on the traffic flow and requirements as specified in AIP Pakistan. Pakistan CAA provides Air Traffic Services to both civilian and military flights using CNS facilities from these ATS units.

Voice communication system through Very High Frequency (VHF)/Extended VHF radio and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio network throughout the country have been provided in ATS units to enable two way direct pilot controller communication. Pakistan CAA has also installed ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) to support exchange of ATS messages.

Air Traffic Controller:

The most exciting and challenging profession

Air Traffic Controllers are professionals who provide air traffic services for the safe, efficient, and orderly flow of air traffic, both in the air and on the ground at an airport. They work at one of PCAA’s Air Traffic Services Unit including aerodrome control towers, approach control offices or area control centers.

If you're interested in working for an organization that values teamwork, innovation and excellence, then consider a career with Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan as an Assistant Air Traffic Control Officer (Pay Group-7).

No aviation-related experience or knowledge is required. We provide all the training you need for a successful career. We offer a competitive compensation package.

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Air Traffic Control Assistant:

The exciting and challenging profession

Air Traffic Control Assistants are professionals who assist to Air Traffic Controllers in provision of air traffic services for the safe, efficient, and orderly flow of air traffic. They work at one of PCAA’s Air Traffic Services Unit including aerodrome control towers, approach control offices or area control centers.

If you're interested in working for an organization that values teamwork, innovation and excellence, then consider a career with Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan as an Air Traffic Control Assistant (Pay Group-4).

No aviation-related experience or knowledge is required. We provide all the training required for a successful career. We offer a competitive compensation package.

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