Sunday, June 03, 2018

New radar to boost air traffic

Guwahati: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has launched a project to install advanced radar system in the region's major airports.

AAI officials here told The Telegraph on Saturday that the new radar system would give accurate information about flight movements, enhancing surveillance coverage for sustaining air traffic growth in the coming years.

An advanced radar system was installed at Imphal airport in Manipur on Friday. One was installed at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here in December last year.

Dibrugarh and Agartala will soon have an Automatic Dependence Surveillance Broadcast (ADSB) for further improvement of the surveillance coverage over the entire Northeast.

"The secondary radar system is equipped with one of the world's latest technology. According to International Civil Aviation Organisation standards, it has level-5 capability, which gives comprehensive and accurate information about aircraft. It can also work as digital data-link between air traffic control systems and aircraft. The introduction of digital data-link facility enhances the capability of radar systems many times," an official said.

"As the aviation sector is witnessing double digit growth in passenger traffic, we are giving further boost to the air traffic service system," the official said.

A new radar surveillance system at Imphal international airport was inaugurated on Friday by Manipur chief secretary J. Suresh Babu, member, Air Navigation Services, A.K. Dutta and other AAI officials.

The Centre will spend Rs 2,400 crore to revamp airports in the Northeast in the next five years and renovate many unused airports in the region under its Regional Connectivity Scheme.

With 120 commercial flights operating daily, Guwahati airport became the eighth busiest airport in the country, the AAI said recently.
03/06/18 Sumir Karmakar/Telegraph