Friday, August 24, 2018

Helipads may be concern for airline safety

Chennai: The state government may have to lobby harder with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to ensure that air ambulances can be used effectively by hospitals.
AAI may come in the way of use of air ambulances though DGCA has come out with a detailed policy defining use of such ambulances for emergency service and also for transporting patients. Now, the aim of the government is to first encourage airport-to-airport air ambulances.
However, officials of bigger airports like Chennai are not pleased at the prospect of too many small and slow planes crowding the city sky though they are open to allow such flights if it is an emergency. But they are not open to allowing helipads on hospitals.
Majority of the air ambulances are helicopters because they can land and take off on helipads atop buildings or on open grounds.
A senior official said the approach path of flights to Chennai airport passes over the city. “It will be impossible to monitor all the movements. Emergency flights can be allowed but that too will lead to a delay of at least 10 minutes for bigger planes.”
24/08/18 V Ayyappan/Times of India
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