Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rift between ATC, CNS departments out in the open

The recent visit by a UN team to review vital airports in the country, including Mumbai, has brought the differences between Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) departments out in the open.

A letter sent to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) bosses by Airport Authority Officer's Association (AAOA), an association of CNS officials, on Monday claimed that they are equally responsible for the smooth functioning.

However, they are being ignored in favour of ATC personnel who are showered with largesse. The letter undersigned by YP Gautam, general secretary of AAOA went on to add, "Without CNS facilities ATCOs are merely customer executives who are available in open market for Rs 10,000 per month.
While ATC officials remain more in picture as they interact with pilots, the CNS, which provides them with the infrastructure work, are always behind. ATC and CNS together are responsible for providing air navigation services to the airlines and have to work in tandem.
14/01/16 Shahkar Abidi/Daily News & Analysis
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