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Civil Aviation Department
民航處
Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed1 May 1946; 76 years ago (1946-05-01)
HeadquartersCivil Aviation Department Headquarters, 1 Tung Fai Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
Employees966 (March 2022) [2]
Annual budget1303m HKD (2022-23) [3]
Agency executive
  • Liu Chi-yung, Victor, JP, Director-General of Civil Aviation
Parent agencyTransport and Logistics Bureau
Websitewww.cad.gov.hk
Civil Aviation Department
Traditional Chinese民航處
Simplified Chinese民航处
Cantonese YaleMàhn hòhng chyu
Head office
Head office

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) is the civil aviation authority of Hong Kong, headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport. The department is responsible for providing air traffic control services to all aircraft operating within the Hong Kong Flight Information Region. It reports to the Transport and Logistics Bureau of the Hong Kong Government. The current Director-General of Civil Aviation is Victor Liu Chi-yung.

The CAD was also responsible for managing the former Hong Kong International Airport at Kai Tak, until it was retired and replaced by the new Hong Kong International Airport managed by the Airport Authority.

During British rule, CAD was not a sub-unit of the British Civil Aviation Authority. Since 1997, CAD maintains independent from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

History

The CAD was established on 1 May 1946.

In 2018, responsibility for investigation of aircraft accidents was transferred to the newly formed Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA).

Structure

CAD includes the following divisions:

Facilities

The agency is headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport on Chek Lap Kok.[1] Previously it was on the 46th floor of the Queensway Government Offices.[2]

Safety concerns

In late 2016, CAD introduced a new air traffic system which attracted concerns over the increased risk of safety within Hong Kong airspace. On 8 February, a FactWire investigation showed that there were 6 cases of safety incidents involving “loss of separation” in January 2017 due to technical issues with CAD's new air traffic management system (ATMS). 5 of the cases occurred during peak-time Lunar New Year holidays, and were resolved internally. As a comparison, it was noted that only 10 incidents of "loss of separation" occurred per year under the previous system, with such cases being treated as very serious due to the risk of mid-air collision.[3] After criticism of not having announced the 6 "LOS" incidents, CAD released a statement on their website to clarify that all incidents were classified as "minor" internally.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Civil Aviation Department. Retrieved on August 11, 2014. "Director-General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department Headquarters, 1 Tung Fai Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong " Traditional Chinese address: "來函民航處處長 香港大嶼山香港國際機場 東輝路1號 民航處總部辦公大樓", Simplified Chinese address: "来函民航处处长 香港大屿山香港国际机场 东辉路1号 民航处总部办公大楼"
  2. ^ "Comments and Enquiries." Civil Aviation Department. Retrieved on 3 May 2010. "Director-General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Department Headquarters, 1 Tung Fai Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong"
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