Friday, September 25, 2020

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport's new runway is fog-proof

 Bengaluru: Each year, fog-related visibility issues disrupt hundreds of flights at the Kempegowda International Airport, playing havoc with the plans of thousands of passengers. The new runway with its Cat III B Instrument Landing System (ILS) will address this problem this winter.

Earlier, BIAL informed that the existing north runway is closed for now as they are strengthening the runway and installing centerline lights. The rehabilitation will be completed by the end of this year. Till the time the work will go on, all flight operations at BLR Airport will be from the south runway.

The Aviation Weather Monitoring System has been developed by Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). Apart from this, Bengaluru airport has also installed four Drishti Transmissometers which is expected to help in measuring the Runway Visibility Range (RVR). With this, the number of RVRs installed at both runways have reached six.

According to the airport authorities, the Drishti Transmissometers are also made by NAL in association with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The move of installing RVRs and AWMS boosts the airport’s vision of ‘Made in India.’


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