Thursday, February 25, 2016

Airport may get big Cat to fight fog

Chandigarh: Finally, the union ministry of civil aviation and the ministry of defence are seriously considering to install a new Instrument Landing System (ILS) of category-III at the Chandigarh airport to facilitate the operation of commercial flights during poor visibility.
The chairman of the Airport Authority Of India (AAI) has also agreed to fund the project of installing the top version of ILS.
ILS (Cat-III) is an advanced navigation aid empowering aircraft to land under adverse weather conditions. The existing ILS (Cat-II) installed at the local airport is not adequate to help the flights landing at Chandigarh airport during winter season on account of poor visibility.
According to documents available with the TOI, the decision to consider the installation of ILS (CAT-III) was taken in a meeting held on December 1, 2015, at the air headquarters between chief of air staff and the secretary, ministry of civil aviation. The issue of installing improved version of ILS was actively considered and a study report has also been sought by the air force chief to record the necessity of CAT-III version, said sources.
25/02/16 Ajay Sura/Times of India
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