Advanced ATS automation system installed at Tiruchi Airport
Airports Authority of India's (AAI) initiative to bolster air traffic management system crossed another milestone with the installation of the advanced ATS Automation System at Tiruchi airport which seeks to enhance safety and efficiency.
Developed by Indra Systems of Spain, the system facilitates automatic exchange of flight information between Tiruchi and adjacent Air Traffic Control units, including Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram area control centres besides improving air traffic management through timely information on aircraft movements and integrating meteorological data and aeronautical information.
Flight data processing, situation data display, flight data display, control and monitoring display; data recording facility and database management constitute the key components of the system that ensures integrated traffic flow management between different phases of flight besides providing safety nets to enhance air safety.
The system would enhance efficiency of aircraft operations through better situational awareness and provides safety alerts to air traffic controllers. Tiruchi is foremost among the Type –A airports in the country to have the advanced system
It displays all maps, routes, reporting points, navigational aids, runways, IAL procedures for the reference of air traffic controllers in addition to providing proximity area warning, medium term conflict detection and minimum sector altitude warning and automatic transmission of ATS messages.Calling it a great day for Tiruchi airport at the inauguration of the system on Sunday, V. Somasundaram, Member, Air Navigation Services, AAI, New Delhi, said plans were afoot to introduce the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast at the Tiruchi airport soon
The AAI had drawn up a master plan under which new equipment and new systems were being introduced across the country to enhance safety and improve operations.Inaugurating the system, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan said 510 acres of land would be acquired for Tiruchi airport expansion. Acquisition was not an easy affair as many areas were wetlands that involved lot of procedures. A committee comprising officials from agriculture, horticulture and survey departments besides those from the Airports Authority of India had been constituted to study the airport expansion plan without acquiring wetlands; the Collector said adding that a proposal in this regard would be forwarded to the government in two to three weeks
.The Regional Executive Director, AAI, Southern Region D. Devaraj said a master plan had been drafted to develop Tiruchi airport further to receive wide-bodied aircrafts
The General Manager (ATM) Air Space Management, AAI, New Delhi Sylvester Israel, P.K. Jha, General Manager – CNS, Southern Region, Chennai, Tiruchi Airport Director S. Dharmaraj and Deputy General Manager – Air Traffic Services, Tiruchi K. Jebaraj spoke on the occasion.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------AAI plans to put in place GPS aided geo augmented navigation system
Airports Authority of India (AAI) will go in for the highly sophisticated GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation System (Gagan) that will dramatically improve navigation capabilities in the area of civil aviation in the near future, said V.Somasundaram, Member, Air Navigation Services, AAI, New Delhi, on Sunday.
As part of the Rs.700 crore Gagan system, a joint venture of the Indian Space Research Organisation and the AAI, Indian reference stations had been established at 15 locations across the country to collect GPS satellite data, Mr.Somasundaram told reporters shortly after inauguration of the advanced ATS Automation System at the Tiruchi Airport.
The technology demonstration phase of the Gagan system was over and the final operation phase was on, Mr.Somasundaram said adding that it would become operational in June 2013. The Gagan system had been integrated with GSAT–8.
Gagan would provide for increased accuracy and pave the way for uniform and high quality Air Traffic Management besides enhancing safety.Fourth country
India would become the fourth country in the world to have such an advanced system in place after United States, Japan, and the European Union, he said.
The airline operators and other stakeholders have been alerted about the AAI's plan to switch over to the Gagan system whose coverage area will extend from Africa to Australia.
Though Gagan had been designed for civil aviation, the system could also be used for railways, survey, and marine operations.
Replying to a query, Mr.Somasundaram said the advanced ATS Automation System would be in place in 37 airports across the country by August 2012.The AAI had drafted a master plan for extension of Tiruchi airport runway, expansion of the terminal building and construction of a new control tower
.Tiruchi airport had great potential for cargo development
, he said. The General Manager (ATM) Air Space Management, AAI, New Delhi Sylvester Israel; Regional Executive Director- Southern Region, AAI, D.Devaraj and Tiruchi Airport Director Dharmaraj were present.