Friday, September 24, 2021

Coimbatore airport to get smooth aircraft navigation system; RNP approaches being designed

Coimbatore: In a bid to provide safe and smooth navigation for aircraft, Coimbatore International Airport is presently undergoing a technical revamp. Airport authorities reportedly told The Hindu that a plan is being chalked out by the procedures department of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to design and promulgate the 'Required Navigation Performance'(RNP) for the Coimbatore Airport, in addition to the pre-determined conventional instrument approaches.

The authorities are designing RNP approaches for runway 05 and 23 which help aircraft operate along a precise flight path.

S.Senthil Valavan, Airport Director, was quoted by The Hindu as saying the RNP approaches ensure integrity and accuracy and help an aircraft to follow specific paths using board equipment. He further added that the conventional instrument approaches, a set of existing manoeuvres, gives vertical guidance to an aircraft at the time of landing at an airport.

The conventional instrument approaches use ground-based navigation methods such as Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) to guide the aircraft. Valavan also said that the RNP procedures will have to clear massive simulator tests and flight trials before their promulgation.

24/09/21 India Today

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