Monday, November 13, 2017

Rapid automation in aviation safety

Hyderabad: Within a year or so, satellite-based and radar-based systems are to be introduced across the world which will even map oceans with the help of Global Positioning System (GPS) and with modern aircraft carrying a transponder to transmit regular messages of its location, informed Director of Hyderabad Airports G.S. Rao on Monday.

Addressing a gathering at the Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) international day celebrations at Begumpet airport, he said the changes in the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems are happening at a rapid pace with automation and integration.

Yet there is space for the human intervention for some time to come, he observed.

Apart from air traffic controllers, pilots and maintenance engineers, ATSEPs contribute towards a safe flight from ‘gate’ of one airport to another airport ‘gate’. These technical specialists provide electronics and software support playing a vital role in the aviation safety chain in specification, procurement, installation, calibration, maintenance, testing and certification of ground electronic systems to help control aircraft movements.

The Director said the shift from the totally ground-based air navigation radar systems and from voice based communication to data based communication is happening rapidly, hence it is imperative for skills to be continuously upgraded for the technical personnel.
13/11/17 The Hindu