The Air Traffic Management Division is the largest sector in the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia. There are 1149 Air Traffic Controllers and 201 administrative personnel in this sector, located throughout Malaysia. The Director of ATM Division is supported by Regional Director I (Peninsular Malaysia), Regional Director II (Sabah), Regional Director III (Sarawak), Director of KLIA and Director of KL Air Traffic Control Centre in the functionality of the sector.
The ATM Division is administered in two levels; headquarters and operations. The headquarters is located in Putrajaya while operations are located at various stations within Peninsular and East Malaysia. The Malaysian airspace is divided into the Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu Flight Information Regions (FIR). where operations are associated with air traffic control units. There are 2 air traffic control centres; in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, a sub-centre in Kuching as well as 12 Control Towers in Peninsular Malaysia, 4 in Sabah and 8 in Sarawak.
The Air Traffic Management Division is 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.
The ICAO standard and recommended practices (SARPS) associated with the responsibility of ATM sector are those contained in
- Annex 1 – Personnel licensing,
- Annex 2 – Rules of the Air,
- Annex 3 – Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation
- Annex 4 – Aeronautical Charts,
- Annex 5 – Units of Measurement to be used in Air and Ground Operations,
- Annex 10 – Aeronautical Telecommunications
- Annex 11 – Air Traffic Services,
- Annex 12 – Search and Rescue,
- Annex 14 – Aerodromes; and
- Annex 15 – Aeronautical Information Services.
Other relevant documents are DOC 4444 – Air Traffic Management Procedures for Air Navigation, DOC 9859 – Safety
Management System Manual, CIR 314 – Threat and Error Management (TEM), DOC 9910 – Normal Operations Safety
Survey (NOSS), Doc 9426 – Air Traffic Services Planning Manual and DOC 9683 – Human Factors Manual.
In accomplishing its function the ATM Division carry out various activities at headquarters and operations levels,
- Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
- Aeronautical Information Services (AIS)
- Airspace Planning and Management
- Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) facilities
- Collection of Air Navigation Facilities Charge (ANFC).
- Development of flight procedures
- Human resource management,
- Development of ATC procedures
- Safety management
- Search and Rescue(SAR) and Air Safety
- Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
- ICAO Standard and Audit
- Training of Air Traffic Controllers
- Approach Radar Control service
- Area Radar Control service
- Approach Procedure Control service
- Area Procedure Control service
- Aerodrome Control service
- Flight Information service
- Aeronautical Mobile Service
- Search and Rescue Coordinating service