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AAI Acquires 8 Mobile ATC Towers For Small Airports

Jharkhand’s metal town Bokaro has change into the first airport to get a cell air site visitors keep an eye on (ATC) tower at its airport. The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) has got 8 trailer-mounted towers at a price of Rs 64.6 crore from a Slovak company for being used at small airports for regional connectivity scheme (RCS) flights.

“With the ude desh ke aag nagrik (UDAN or the subsidised regional flying scheme where fares are capped at Rs 2,500 per hour of flying) we can see a variety of small airports getting one or two flights an afternoon. In the previous additionally we had used cell ATC towers however now we’re doing it in a systematic method given the call for for RCS flights. It is healthier to make use of these cell towers at small airports,” stated AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra.

The cell towers were purchased from MSM Martin Company Slovakia, Slovak Republic. The first 8 will be used at regional airports at Bilaspur, Ambikapur, Jagdalpur, Jeypore, Utkela, Vellore, Bokaro and Mithapur (Gujarat).

A senior AAI official stated: “These cell ATC towers were advanced conserving in thoughts Indian ATC requirements. Technically, these cell towers are top elegance and make allowance operations in any airport in India, enabling cargo through road on personal trailer and fast deployment and putting in place for operation. Mobile tower supplies newest technologies including communication, navigation and surveillance and automatic weather remark gadget equipment used for ATC.”

These towers have a lifting gadget for elevation of tower cabin as much as 8 metre from cabin rooftop. It is configured to perform with two to 4 operators with out being got rid of from the trailer. “The AC cabin is product of aluminum and has windows with 360 degree imaginative and prescient, anti-reflective, with fittings for anti-fogging and de-icing, blast proof double glass windows,” the official stated.

Prime Minister Modi flagged off the first UDAN flight ultimate April with an Air India subsidiary ATR taking off from Shimla to Delhi. According to AAI, over four.5 lakh other folks have flown below UDAN from April 27, 2017, to September 23, 2018. The number may have been a lot upper however for the dismal efficiency of Air Deccan and Air Odisha that bagged a lion’s share of RCS routes however were not able to start out flying majority of them.

The aviation ministry has now issued cancellation understand for routes where these airlines have not started flights and is quickly going to call for bids below UDAN-III that could include more under-served and unserved airports. The cell ATC towers will come in handy there.  – Ideal News

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