Saturday, February 24, 2018

Advance system to allow flights at Chandigarh airport in peak winter, HC told

Chandigarh: The Chandigarh international airport would soon be CAT-IIIB compliant, allowing the aircraft to land even under 50-metre visibility. All stakeholders, including the Union ministry of civil aviation, Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI), have agreed for installation of the much-needed advance instrument landing system (ILS) at the airport.
At present, an aircraft requires at least 350-metre visibility to land safely at the airport but due to climatic conditions of Chandigarh airport, most of the flights at airport remains grounded from mid-December to mid-January. As per the proposal, the installation work would be undertaken by the agency appointed by the IAF and the entire cost/expenses on CAT-IIIB infrastructure shall be borne by the AAI.
The main runway at the Chandigarh airport has two sides — runway 29 and runway 11. As per the proposal, runway-29 would remain CAT-II compliant, the runway-11 would be upgraded to CAT-IIIB.
A formal statement regarding the installation of ILS (CAT-IIIB) was made before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday by the agreement division of the Union ministry through assistant solicitor general of India Chetan Mittal during the resumed hearing of a petition related to facilities at the Chandigarh airport.
Mittal told the court that a meeting was held on December 1, 2015, between the senior officials of the ministry, IAF, AAI and DGCA, in which AAI had projected that CAT-IIIB needs to be installed at Chandigarh airport. On this it was decided to conduct a joint study to check the feasibility of installing the advance ILS on runway.
“Special committee formed for the purpose conducted a feasibility survey in March 2016, along with the officials of IAF and recommended for installation of ILS CAT-IIIB on Runway-11. Some obstructions were pointed out by the IAF authorities regarding the installation and the concerned authorities are working to remove that,” Mittal told the HC.
24/02/18 Times of India
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