Friday, November 12, 2021

AGL system to improve safety while landing at Darbhanga airport

Patna: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has installed a circuit of aerodrome ground lighting (AGL) system on the runway of the Darbhanga Airport, a measure which improves safety during aircraft landings even when visibility is poor in the winter season or bad weather conditions. The installation of second circuit is under the process.,

The lightning system allows pilots to safely land the aircraft on runway even if the visibility is down to 1200 metres, which is presently 1600m.

Darbhanga Airport director Manish Kumar said, “The first circuit of AGL system which consists of a series of strategically placed lights was fitted on 60 metre longitudinal intervals, which is functional. Installation work on the second circuit lighting which is being fitted at 30 metre distance on the runway is under process.”

“It is likely to be ready by February which will help the pilots to land the aircraft even if the visibility drops to 1200m. The AGL system is being installed with an expenditure of Rs 3.8 crore. Besides, chain fencing will be done to keep the wilds (nilgai) at bay for the safety of aircraft landings,” the director added.

According to officials, the visibility problem at Darbhanga airport will be sorted out by next winter season after the installation of Category I (CAT I) approach light. It helps in flight operations even if the visibility drops to 800m. The state government has sanctioned Rs 336.7 crore for acquisition of 78 acres of land in Darbhanga, including 54 acres for the new civil enclave, which will include the terminal building, cargo, multi-level car parking, fire station and other auxiliary buildings, and another 24 acres for installation of CAT I.

12/11/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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