Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AAI suggests raising ILS height by 3.5 foot

Surat: A team of officials from Airports Authority of India (AAI) visited Surat airport for inspection of damaged instrument landing system (ILS) during the recent heavy rain in the city.
The officials have suggested raising of the equipment hut by 3.5 foot to protect the ILS from floods in future.
TOI had highlighted in its report dated August 22 how the heavy rain had caused damage to the ILS system at the airport.
Official sources said the airport is located close to the Arabian Sea and the ILS equipment hut site happens to be in a low-lying area. The water level at the ILS structure was about one meter, which damaged UPS batteries due to a short circuit last month. The ILS system remained under water for more than three days. A combination of heavy rain coupled with high tide in the sea had flooded the airport area many times in the past too.
With Surat airport buzzing with 26 flight movements in a day, the absence of ILS facility is causing immense difficulties for aircraft pilots to safely land in adverse weather conditions.
29/08/18 Times of India