Friday, October 21, 2022

Sikkim demands ‘Instrument Landing System’ at Pakyong airport

Guwahati: Sikkim has raised the long-pending demand for the installation of an instrument landing system (ILS) at Pakyong airport.

The issue was flagged by the Sikkim government to the Centre in the Conference for Ministers of Civil Aviation for all states and Union Territories in New Delhi from October 17-18. The conference was attended by Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scidia.

M.L Srivastava, additional chief secretary, flagged many issues pertaining to the Pakyong greenfield airport to the Ministry, the most urgent being the long-pending demand for the installation of an instrument landing system.

Instrument Landing System( ILS) is a standard International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) precision landing aid that is used to provide accurate azimuth and descent guidance signals for guidance to aircraft for landing on the runway under normal or adverse weather conditions. ILS facility is a highly accurate and dependable means of navigating to the runway in IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. The ILS provides the lateral and vertical guidance necessary to fly a precision approach. 

Srivastava elaborated on the weather condition of the state due to which air travel in the state gets disrupted for almost five to six months in a year, largely affecting the flow of tourists in the state.  

He urged the Government of India for making necessary technical interventions to facilitate landing even in low relative visibility in order to minimise flight cancellations.

21/10/22 Roopak Goswami/East Mojo

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