Sunday, August 01, 2021

Soon, seaplane monitoring station on riverfront

Ahmedabad: The country’s first seaplane service between Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and Statue of Unity at Kevadia will gets its own aircraft monitoring stations at both spots. Gujarat’s civil aviation department will construct an extra shed atop the existing water aerodrome operations centre on the riverfront to ensure smooth flying.

The seaplane service is currently suspended and is expected to resume in September, said sources.

Explaining the need for an observation post, an official said seaplane operations are based on Visual Flight Rules (VFR). It simply means that the aircraft operates in visual meteorological conditions, during clear weather. Clouds, precipitation, low visibility, and adverse weather are impediments, said sources.

“The water aerodrome already has an aircraft monitoring station equipped with a weather monitor, beacon, landing-T and windsock. However, the height at which it is currently is not suitable to monitor bird movement. Therefore, at the same site, an elevated cabin is to come up to monitor aircraft movements. It will require an investment of Rs 10 lakh,” said the source.

A tender was recently floated to invite bidders for the construction of the new station. The Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems (CNS) and related monitoring will continue to take place from the Air Traffic Controller at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. Well-placed sources said a 2-acre plot has been identified to set up a water aerodrome at Shetrunjay dam near Palitana.

01/08/21 Times of India

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