Wednesday, January 03, 2018

New ILS to reduce flight diversions

Kochi: In a move that could significantly bring down the number of flight diversions, Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) airport have now installed the instrument landing systems (ILS) in the western end of the runway, which will now allow pilots to land flights from the western side of the runway.
ILS provides precise radio signal navigation to the aircraft cockpit, giving the pilot vertical and horizontal guidance when landing in low visibility.
Currently, Cial has ILS set-up of the east end of the runway. They have completed the set-up and calibration of the new ILS and are now awaiting the approval of the directorate general of civil aviation. They expect it to be operational by the end of February.
Airport officials said that having the ILS at the western end of the airport has been a long-standing demand of many air carriers flying into Kochi from Mumbai, West Asia and Ahmedabad.
03/01/18 Vikram Vinod/Times of India