Monday, September 11, 2017

Patna airport to get new safety devices

Patna: Flight operations from Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport, Patna, is set to be safer as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will soon replace two old aviation equipment - Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Doppler VHF Omni Directional range (DVOR) - with new ones. The two equipment, which aid the pilot in flight navigation, are quite old at Patna airport.
The ILS consists a localizer, glide path and markers and it helps pilots at the time of landing as far as identifying the position of the runway at which the touchdown has to be made is concerned. The ILS at Patna airport is of category-1, which is termed as CAT-I ILS.
DVOR, on the other hand, is navigational aid equipment designed to provide short and medium radio-based aircraft guidance. The DVOR system includes a transmitting station on the ground and receiving station on the aircraft.
"The ILS and DVOR at Patna airport are quite old and they require to be replaced. We are soon going to commence the process of replacing the two equipment with new ones," Patna airport director R S Lahauria said.
Lahauria added three additional tarmac lights or approach lighting system (ALS) - one on Airport Road and two in Patna zoo - would also be made functional soon. ALS guides the pilot to establish visual contact with the runway while landing an aircraft. The airport director said two additional apron lights cover a length of 210 metres ahead of the runway beyond the northern boundary wall of Patna airport. ALS is already installed over a stretch of 210 metres ahead of the runway inside the airport.
11/09/17 Times of India