Thursday, August 13, 2020

AAI to fix landing system damaged in flight crash

Kozhikode: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has initiated steps to set right the instrument landing system (ILS) of runway-10 at Karipur International Airport that was damaged in the Air India Express plane crash on Friday.

As many as six antennas of the localizer unit of the ILS was damaged after being hit by the overshooting aircraft. The damage to antennas has made the ILS system non-functional. However, ILS system on runway-28 is operational.

AAI officials said the replacement antenna array of the localizer is expected to reach the airport in a week and after its installation, calibration tests are to be done using an aircraft. ILS provides precision lateral and vertical guidance to an aircraft approaching and landing on a runway which is especially useful in poor visibility conditions, rain or fog. ILS consists of a localizer, glide path and distance measuring equipment. While localizer gives the lateral centre line of the runway, glide path gives the glide angle.
12/08/20 Times of India
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