Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Outdated ILS at Srinagar Airport

Even though Kashmir has never witnessed such dense fog lately, an outdated Instrumentation Landing System (ILS) at Srinagar International Airport is considered one of the main reason for the cancellation of flights in the Valley for the past four days.
An airport official, wishing anonymity, told Rising Kashmir that in comparison to other airports in India, Srinagar airport has the most outdated ILS at place, thus making it impossible for the flights to land in foggy condition.
To prove his point, officials said in Srinagar there is Category 1 ILS that requires at least 1200-metre visibility for an airplane to land, while in airports like in New Delhi Category 3 ILS is installed which requires only up to 100-metre visibility to make landing possible.
The ILS provides precision guidance to an aircraft approaching the runway to enable its safe landing when visibility is poor, a condition common in Kashmir during winters.
"It was only few years back that the authorities had installed ILS at Srinagar airport but it is outdated and can't work in a dense fog,” the official said.
Flight operations at the Srinagar airport remained suspended for the fourth straight day on Tuesday as all flights to and fro Kashmir valley were cancelled due to poor visibility caused by heavy fog, officials said.
An official of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said the visibility at the airport was very poor due to heavy fog and the conditions were not suitable for flight operations.
11/12/19 Junaid Kathju/Rising Kashmir

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