India: The certification process for India”s satellite-based air navigation system, GAGAN, has been initiated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), with its makers AAI and ISRO submitting necessary papers as part of their plans for a full-fledged launch next year.
“We have started the process of certification of GAGAN. It is a long process as there are large number of technical issues and several documentations that have to be examined,” said DGCA chief Arun Mishra.
He said GAGAN, or GPS Aided Geo-Augmented Navigation system, would make India “a global leader in air navigation services.” India would become the fourth country after the US, Europe and Japan to have this technology.
Developed jointly by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GAGAN would expand India”s navigation coverage not only over the entire country”s and neighbouring airspace, but also over Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea.
It would help pilots navigate in all-weather conditions by an accuracy of up to three metres, a capability that would enable landing aircraft in tough weather and terrain.
Source: Business Standard