Thursday, September 30, 2021

SAPL system to improve safety while landing at Trichy airport

Trichy: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has installed the simple approach path lighting (SAPL) on the runway at Trichy international airport to improve the safety of aircraft at the time of landing. The new system has been tested successfully and the trial run is going on. Airport officials said that it would be operational once the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) approves it.

It was found that the airport has no provision of the SAPL system for runway 09 during the audit conducted by the office of the DGCA. Following which, the airport authorities sought temporary exemption till September 15 to establish the system and necessary administrative approval was accorded by the competent authorities of AAI, airport officials said.

As a part of its compliance with the mandatory procedures, AAI conducted safety assessment for design and execution in accordance with the laid down procedures. Necessary DGCA approval was obtained on May 19 to execute the project. The work on installing the path lights were completed on September 16 at a cost of Rs 61 lakh, airport authorities said.

SAPL fittings have been installed on the extended runway centre line for a distance of 420 meters from the threshold, and 60-meter longitudinal intervals selected for centre line lights. A crossbar of 30m width is considered for installation at 300m away from the runway threshold. The total length of the runway is 2,424 metres.

Airport director S Dharmaraj said that from the runway threshold, every 60 meters, one fitting is installed. A total of 420 meters of runway path has been covered with simple approach path lightings. Two more fittings have been installed outside the boundary wall, protected with fencing. fittings are also installed outside of the airport and opposite the runway, he said.

30/09/21 Times of India

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