December, 2016

CAT III-B system to be used in Lucknow airport

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Credits : Tornos News

Tomorrow onwards, Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport will have CAT III-B the advanced instrument landing system (ILS) for low visibility (as low as 50 metres) flight operations. Eight months ago CAT III-B was installed, but was not operational as it wasn’t notified by Airport Authority of India. This system cost around 50 crore and after Delhi, Lucknow is the only city to operate this system. Cities like Mumbai and Chennai do not have it, as they not really face fog related problems. Due to foggy nights, over 100 flights to Lucknow have been delayed and around 50 flights cancelled. Airport official said, “An instrument landing system (ILS) enables aircraft to land in case the pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway. This is possible because of radio signals.” Earlier, CATII landing system was operational which enabled aircraft landing when visibility of 350 Kms.

Authorities are directed to put trained pilots in CATIII system and lighting system and runway visual range reading equipment have also been installed. Lucknow airport is decided to be developed in such a way that it can be used in case when air traffic at Delhi airport increases. Diverting flights to Lucknow and Jaipur would be easy in case of inclement weather in Delhi.