Japan’s Aviation Director Address Impact Tsunami Has Had On Aviation IndustryBy Mike Mitchell
June 13, 2011 - On Friday more than 180 delegates
attending CANSO’s Asia-Pacific Conference in Bangkok
listened firsthand to Mr. Takeshi Imagome, Director Air
Traffic Affairs Office, Japan Civil Aviation Bureau
(JCAB) who described the impact of the earthquake and
tsunami on the country’s aviation industry.
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO)
is the global voice of the companies that provide air
traffic control, and represents the interests of Air
Navigation Services Providers worldwide.
Mr. Imagome, Director Air Traffic International Affairs
Office, Japan Civil Aviation Bureau joined the
conference to share his views and experiences on what he
described as one the worst natural disasters in recent
history resulting in more than 15,000 fatalities with a
further 8,000 people still unaccounted for.
Mr. Imagome outlined the actions taken by JCAB, other aviation stakeholders and the international community in the weeks following the disaster to restore of normal air traffic operations.
These included the transfer of traffic advisory services and weather information to JCAB’s administrative offices from the control tower that had suffered significant damage; the implementation of flight restriction zones to minimize the potential risk of radiation exposure following a hydrogen explosion at Fukushima nuclear power plant; and the introduction of short-haul flights for certain routes to replace high-speed bullet trains unable to operate due to the damage caused to the network infrastructure.
Imagome referred to the close collaboration with the US Air
Force on the deployment of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), which
proved vital in facilitating disaster zone surveillance. He went
on to explain that because UAS are not legally classed as
aircraft under Japanese law, JCAB needed to issue a notice to
controllers to treat UAS as normal IFR flights.
concluding remarks, Mr. Imagome paid tribute to the Japanese air
traffic controllers who retained the highest levels of
professionalism throughout the disaster despite many of them
suffering distressing personal losses. He also thanked the
international community for supporting the Japanese people
through a difficult time.
members are responsible for supporting over 85% of world air
traffic, and through our Workgroups, members share information
and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving air
navigation services on the ground and in the air. CANSO also
represents its members’ views in major regulatory and industry
forums, including at ICAO, where they have official Observer
CANSO members are responsible for supporting over 85% of world air traffic, and through our Workgroups, members share information and develop new policies, with the ultimate aim of improving air navigation services on the ground and in the air. CANSO also represents its members’ views in major regulatory and industry forums, including at ICAO, where they have official Observer status.
The 2011 Tōhoku
earthquake, also known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, was a
magnitude 9.0 (Mw) undersea mega thrust earthquake off the coast of
Japan that occurred at 05:46 UTC on Friday, 11 March 2011, with the
epicenter approximately 70 kilometers (43 mi) east of the Oshika
Peninsula of Tōhoku and the hypocenter at an underwater depth of
approximately 32 km (20 mi).
It was the most powerful known earthquake to have hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900. The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 38.9 meters (128 ft) that struck Japan, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland.
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