New equipment for safe landing of flights at TVM airport
A new equipment will be installed at the Thiruvananthapuram airport to ensure safe landing of flights during rough weather. The equipment will help the pilots clearly see the runway and also provide right updates about the weather.
In the second phase, a laser ceilometer will be installed to increase the working capacity of the weather forecast equipment at the airport. The clouds usually block the view of the runway making the landing difficult. The laser ceilometer is installed to overcome this difficulty.
Along with the transmissometer equipment ‘Drishti’ which was developed by Indian Meterological Department (IMD) and National Aeronautic Lab, Runway Visual Range (RVR) system will also be installed at the airport. This will be set up along with the Automated Weather System (AWOS) instituted here.
According to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s criteria, the RVR is usually installed at airports where the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been setup.
The officials said that the system will be instituted 120 m away from the runway and 300 m inward towards the flight landing touch town zone.
The new equipment will update the information regarding atmospheric pressure, wind-speed and temperature that define aircraft landing and takeoff.
The weather department head and scientist VK Mini said that the pilot will receive clear information about the weather if the RVR system is setup at the airport.
The work regarding the implementation of the equipment will begin by the end of September. The electrical and civil works are still pending. The present system has expired.
It has been already installed at the Kannur airport and the procedures to install it at the Kochi International Airport have already started.