Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Met dept. tool to enhance safety at airport

Chennai: The Meteorological Department will soon launch two initiatives, one of which is expected to enhance passenger safety at Chennai airport and the other, aimed at providing timely and specific weather forecast for farmers.

The Airport Meteorological Office (AMO), Meenambakkam, is planning to install a meteorological device on the secondary runway of the airport to facilitate safe landing of flights.

This device, which is to be installed at the end of the runway, will measure weather parameters like wind direction, speed, temperature and visibility.

P.A.V. Nampoorthiri, director of AMO, said a similar instrument had already been placed on the runway to help safe landing of the flight and provide information on visibility.

The department is also waiting for Drishti, a sophisticated instrument developed indigenously to assess runway visual range, to be installed at the airport. Drishti will replace an imported device from Australia that is currently in use.
19/01/16 K. Lakshmi/The Hindu
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