Introduction to our divisions

The Flight Standards & Airworthiness DivisionThe Flight Standards & Airworthiness Division


The Flight Standards & Airworthiness Division is responsible for regulating the operational safety and airworthiness of aircraft registered in Hong Kong. This work involves:
  • monitoring and inspection of Hong Kong airlines in respect of flight operations policy and standards, flight crew training and aircraft maintenance standards;
  • approval of maintenance facilities, and issue of certificates of airworthiness;
  • examination of applicants and issue of licences for flight crew and maintenance engineers;
  • managing the mandatory occurrence reporting scheme; and
  • investigation of aircraft incident and accident.

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Air Traffic Engineering Services Division

Responsibility

The Air Traffic Engineering Services Division is responsible for the planning, co-ordination, provision and subsequent maintenance / enhancements of the air traffic control (ATC) systems, radar, navigational aids and communication equipment for the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) at Chek Lap Kok (CLK). The division also responsible for the planning and design of the replacement Air Traffic Control System This work involves :
  • co-ordinating the design of CAD facilities with works departments and monitoring their construction and commissioning;
  • planning and procuring air traffic control facilities and equipment for the HKIA ;
  • overseeing the installation, testing and commissioning of all Air Traffic Control equipment at the HKIA;
  • operating the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network between adjacent Flight Information Regions and provide an Aeronautical Mobile service to aircraft;
  • overseeing the maintenance, both corrective and preventive, and arranging periodic flight check of all ATC systems;
  • planning / implementation of system enhancements and software upgrading of the ATC systems with operational experience gained;
  • planning and coordinating with parties concerned on study, trial and future implementation of the worldwide Communication, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems for Hong Kong;
  • planning and implementation of computerisation of the department to enhance operational efficiency and service quality;
Please click here for information about Functions of Various Air Traffic Control Equipment for the Airport.

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The Airport Standards Division

Responsibility

The Airport Standards DivisionThe Airport Standards Division is responsible for the licensing, regulation, inspection and monitoring of safety and security of aerodromes (including heliports) in Hong Kong. This work involves:
  • establishing aerodrome licensing standards and the issue of licences for aerodromes;
  • establishing and maintaining a system for monitoring the performance of aerodrome licensees in the areas of aerodrome safety and aviation security;
  • monitoring the safety procedures and practices in respect of the operation of the Hong Kong International Airport;
  • ensuring compliance with the Hong Kong Aviation Security Programme and provisions of the Aviation Security Ordinance (Cap. 494) and Aviation Security Regulation;
  • enforcing the Hong Kong Airport (Control of Obstructions) Ordinance (Cap. 301) and subsidiary legislation;
  • monitoring the carriage of dangerous goods by air through inspections and keeping up-to-date and enforcing the Dangerous Goods (Consignment By Air) (Safety) Ordinance and Regulations (Cap.384);
  • enforcing the Air Navigation (Flight Prohibition) Order (Cap 448E); and
  • implementing noise mitigating measures and handling aircraft noise complaints.

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The Air Traffic Management Division

Responsibility

The Hong Kong Air Traffic Management Division is responsible for the provision of air traffic control service, flight information service and alerting service within the Hong Kong Flight Information Region (FIR) as assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The airspace covers a total area of 276,000 square kilometres extending over the South China Sea.

At present, the Division handles more than 370 thousand (international and local) aircraft movements which operated into and out of Hong Kong International Airport, and more than 220 thousand movements which transited the FIR, including traffic into & out of Macao International Airport every year.

The Hong Kong Flight Information Region (area in blue) with airways and route

The Hong Kong Flight Information Region
(area in blue) with airways and routes

Air Traffic Services

In accordance with international standards and practices, the Hong Kong Air Traffic Management Division provides air traffic control service, flight information service and alerting service to all flights operating in the Hong Kong Flight Information Region to meet the following objectives :

  • Prevent collisions between aircraft;
  • Prevent collisions between aircraft on the ground and other obstructions;
  • Expedite and maintain an orderly flow of air traffic;
  • Provide advice and information useful for the safe and efficient conduct of flights;
  • Alert appropriate organisations regarding aircraft in need of search and rescue and co-ordinate search and rescue mission.  

Air Traffic Management Division also establishes an Aeronautical Information Management Centre (AIMC). This Centre provides an aeronautical information service to the airline personnel and pilots through publications including Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) and Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).

Air Traffic Controllers providing air traffic services to aircraft H24
Aeronautical Information Management Centre

Co-ordinate Search and Rescue Exercises and Missions
Co-ordinate Search and Rescue Exercises and Missions

Air Traffic Control Facilities

The Air Traffic Control Centre, Control Tower and associated training facilities are situated in the Air Traffic Control Complex which is located at mid-field of the Hong Kong International Airport.

Air Traffic Control Complex at the Hong Kong International Airport
Air Traffic Control Complex at the Hong Kong International Airport

The Air Traffic Control Centre, equipped with advanced radar displays and modern communication equipment, provides approach control and area control services to traffic in the Hong Kong Flight Information Region.

Overview of the Air Traffic Control Centre from the Viewing Gallery
Overview of the Air Traffic Control Centre from the Viewing Gallery

Radar is used as the primary means for displaying traffic. Air Traffic Controllers maintain radio communication with pilots and all instructions are given in English using standard phraseologies and procedures as laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Air Traffic Control Officers using the Air Traffic Management System to provide air navigation services
Air Traffic Control Officers using the Air Traffic Management System to provide air navigation services

Aerodrome traffic including aircraft taking-off and landing on the runway as well as aircraft movements on the taxiways and parking aprons are controlled by Aerodrome Control from the Control Tower next to the Air Traffic Control Complex. A Surface Movement Radar atop the Tower Cab provides accurate aircraft and vehicle position information to assist the controllers under low visibility conditions and night time operations.

Aerodrome Controllers directing aircraft from the Control Tower
Aerodrome Controllers directing aircraft from the Control Tower

In the event of aircraft emergencies or an aircraft is in need of search and rescue assistance, the Search & Rescue Co-ordination Centre in the Air Traffic Control Complex will be activated to co-ordinate the mission.

Mission control at the Search & Rescue Co-ordination Centre
Mission control at the Search & Rescue Co-ordination Centre

Radar Simulators and Aerodrome Control Simulator are provided in the Air Traffic Control Complex to facilitate the practical training of all air traffic control personnel.

Aerodrome Control Simulator emulates different training scenario with great realism
Aerodrome Control Simulator emulates different training scenario with great realism

Please click here for training information of Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) and Aeronautical Communication Officer (ACO)
Please click here for recruitment Information of Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCC) and Aeronautical Communication Officer (ACO)

Aeronautical Communication Services

The Telecommunications Unit of the Division is responsible for providing the Aeronautical Fixed and Aeronautical Broadcast Services. These services are supported by staff of the Aeronautical Communications Officer (ACO) Grade. In their course of work, the ACO are required to make use of various equipment in the Aeronautical Network Centre to conduct aeronautical communications with air traffic control centers/airports in the world and broadcast meteorological information essential to safe flight operations.

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Air Services and Safety Management Division

The Air Services and Safety Management Division is responsible for the implementation of air services arrangements and aviation policy to enable air services to be operated to meet demand; the development and implementation of safety policy to promote and enhance safety in the aviation system; the setting and enforcement of air navigation services standards in compliance with international civil aviation safety requirements; and for the regulation of air navigation services and operations. This work involves :

  • facilitating the operation of scheduled services in accordance with air services agreements and arrangements;
  • regulating non-scheduled air services and private non-revenue flights;
  • providing information to the Air Transport Licensing Authority for consideration of applications by local airlines for licences to operate scheduled air services;
  • providing information to the Transport and Housing Bureau for air services negotiations;
  • coordinating schedules and allocating slots for Hong Kong International Airport in accordance with international and local guidelines;
  • co-ordinating the Department’s requirements under the Government’s legislative programme and reviewing and, if necessary, proposing changes to civil aviation legislation;
  • co-ordinating the Department’s participation in the activities of international organisations, particularly the ICAO and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC);
  • co-ordinating, in conjunction with the AA, periodic review of air transport demand forecasts and the capacity of the runways to meet demand;
  • co-ordinating the supply of air traffic statistics to international organisations;
  • co-ordinating the implementation of ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Safety Programme to ensure compliance with the ICAO Annex 19 provisions;
  • providing administrative support to aircraft accident and serious incident investigations;
  • regulating air navigation services and operations including incident investigations;
  • approving air traffic control training courses, issuing air traffic control licences and the associated air traffic control ratings and certificates; and
  • formulating the departmental training policy, including the establishment of a training and development plan/programme for departmental professional grade staff.


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