Monday, February 19, 2018

Radar calibration at Kannur airport successful

Kannur: Kannur airport, which is in the final stage of commissioning, crossed a milestone on Sunday, with the successful completion of the test flight for calibration of the Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (DVOR) by Airports Authority of India. With this the authorities are expecting to operationalize the airport ahead of the earlier schedule, most probably with the inaugural flight to Dubai in June-July.
If everything goes as planned and once the airport gets the licences from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it will be commissioned in June or July, and the plan is to have the inaugural flight of the Air India to Dubai, said an official with the Kannur International Airport Ltd (Kial). The final decision will be taken by the KIAL director board, chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The officials said the calibration was successful and with this the airport has found place in the world aviation map, where the location code of the airport will be visible as ‘KNR’. The airport has already got the three-letter location code ‘CNN’ from the IATA (International Air Transport Association).
“Our plan is to make sure the substantial completion of the works this month itself so that the infrastructure will be ready for commissioning in March,” said Kial managing director P Bala Kiran. He said the licensing process is fast progressing and the calibration of the DVOR is a major step in that direction.
19/02/18 P Sudhakaran/Times of India

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