Thursday, October 25, 2018

ILS antennae restoration work under way at Tiruchi airport

Tiruchi: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken up restoration of ILS (Instrument Landing System) localiser antennae at Tiruchi international airport.

Some of the antennae suffered extensive damage recently when a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight came into contact with them and a portion of the perimeter wall during take off in the early hours.

The restoration work is being carried out in Runway-27 end area after obtaining clearance from an official of Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), who inspected the spot and conducted a two-day inquiry on the Air India Express incident.

An AAI technical experts’ team from New Delhi is carrying out the restoration work, a senior official told The Hindu on Wednesday. The damaged antennae were removed and replaced with new ones dispatched from Lucknow.
Five antennae, along with the control unit had been installed and final adjustments would be made thereafter. The installation works had almost reached the final stage, the official said.
Once the installation works were over, a team from AAI’s Flight Inspection Unit would carry out flight calibration and ground tests. The entire ILS system was expected to be become operational either by month-end or November first week, the official added.
25/10/18 R Rajaram/The Hindu