Sunday, November 03, 2019

There’s a bird along the route, Ahmedabad airport warns pilots

Ahmedabad: Taking a much-needed measure to prevent bird hits, authorities of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad, have now begun to caution pilots about bird movements along the route. Airport authorities confirmed that they have begun issuing NOTAM (Notice to Air Men) warnings to pilots informing them about movement of birds in and around the airport vicinity.
“The practice has begun since a month at SVPI airport, where the air traffic controller (ATC) notifies the pilot about bird movement in and along the route and in the vicinity,” said Manoj Gangal, director, SVPI airport.
“Of late, we have observed an increase in the bird movements and this is primarily because of the dismantling of the Pirana garbage dump which draws predatory birds. The dump site falls along the funnel area i.e. take-off and landing route of the aircraft. Dismantling of the dump has disturbed the ecological balance in the region,” he added.
“The decision to notify pilots is a proactive measure taken by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to prevent bird hits,” Gangal said.
03/11/19 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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