Friday, June 23, 2006

Digital system will ensure safer air travel

Mumbai: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken a project to connect 80 airports across the country through the Digital Satellite Communication Network (DSCN). With DSCN, there will be no snapping of lines or failure of voice communication system between pilots and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials—a major reason for tension in the skies.
By connecting the 80 airports, a centralised network would be formed, AAI Executive Director (Western Region) SR Rao said. “We expect to complete the project in a year’s time,” he said.
This digital satellite communication network will integrate traffic control voice and data, weather data and air-to-ground radio transmissions. This system was pertinent because airports had started coming up even in remote areas, an airport official said.
23/06/06 Bhargavi Kerur/Daily News & Analysis
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