Wednesday, June 15, 2011
PERC-MNCC VISIT NO. 2 OF 2011 – PROFESSIONAL VISIT TO METEOROLOGical FORECAST OFFICE & AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER BAYAN LEPAS, PENANG
PERC’s professional visit to Meteorology Department & DCA Airport Tower at the Penang International Airport was successfully held on 2nd June 2011 from 9.30 am to 12.45 pm. A similar visit was arranged in August 2000. There was a turnout of about 40 participants from various organisations as follows: INTI International College (12 participants); RECSAM (15 participants); MNIs (2 participants); USM (2 participants); UUM (1 participant); PERC (5 participants) and Others (3 participants).
Bayan Lepas Regional Meteorological Forecast Office established in February 1978 has a network of 6 meteorological surface stations, 1 upper air station, 1 radar station and 1 weather satellite receiving ground station for continuous weather monitoring and providing necessary meteorological data for weather forecast in the northern area of Peninsular Malaysia. Advance warnings are given on occurrences of adverse weather phenomena such as drought, fog or haze, torrential or strong monsoon rain and thunderstorm.
The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is an agency under the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia to provide safe, efficient and orderly flow of air transportation, and to regulate aviation activities in Malaysia. Airport Control Towers are responsible for the provision of air traffic service for the safe and efficient conduct of flight within Malaysian airspace pursuant to the Chicago Convention 1947. Air Traffic Service is a generic term which encompasses air traffic control, advisory, flight information and alerting service.
Participants were taken to the Airport Tower where participants had a first hand experience of the operations of traffic controllers. At the Meteorological Station a briefing of the forecast operations was conducted with demonstrations. Participants found the visit very interesting, educational and useful. PERC is appreciative of the hospitality accorded.