Airports Authority of India starts training staff on GPS-based navigation

Airports Authority of India starts training staff on GPS-based navigation

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New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has started training its staff on GPS-based Geo Augmented Navigation system (GAGAN). The ambitious project is set to become fully operational by the first quarter of next year.

The officers, posted at different airports, air navigation centres and operating navigational aids from all over the country, attended the three-day workshop at the Civil Aviation Training College in Allahabad. The workshop was aimed at familiarising the officers with the functioning of GAGAN system. The project has already completed its technological demonstration, installation and testing phases. Training is mandatory requirement before the India’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, certifies the system. “It would be put to use step-wise. By September, we expect that the Required Navigation Performance — a non precision approach service would be available. The second stage — approach with vertical guidance system — that would be helpful in both vertical and approach navigation would be functional by early next year,” an AAI official said. Once functional, GAGAN would ensure increased accuracy in position reporting, allowing a better Air Traffic Management. After training, the next important phase would be certification of the system by the DGCA and procedure development for GAGAN, based on requirements of the airports.

Source: The Hindu