Sunday, March 13, 2022

New system to help better plan flights at Chennai airport

Chennai: Pilots need no longer fly into crowded airspace and hover longer waiting for landing permission. AAI has introduced a IP-based communication system which will alert airlines and pilots about ground delays, weather, air force activity and rocket launches and other airspace and airport disturbances faster at Chennai airport.

This will help airlines plan their flights better. The airport was using conventional fixed line telecommunication network to share messages which caused delays.

The IP-based Automatic Message Switching System (IP-AMSS) software, developed in-house by AAI engineers, helps the airport share information automatically and faster through its ground communication network and with airlines and pilots to ensure that flights can be planned and operated efficiently by minimising delays when traffic is high.

Though there are several ways airports communicate with one another, flights often reach their destination without having accurate information about air traffic congestion caused by fog, bad weather or ground delays. This is because the information is not shared as fast as it is required. With internet protocol (IP), delays are avoided. Airlines will be able to plan their flights, get the required permissions including air force clearance.

"It will also offer a pre-flight information bulletin in which information about facilities and airspace across the world will be provided to airline operators to help them plan the flights, '' said M Suresh, member, ANS of AAI who inaugurated the system at the air traffic control complex at Chennai airport on Saturday.

13/03/22 Times of India

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