Satellite-based system to transform India’s air traffic

Satellite-based system to transform India’s air traffic

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India: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), a satellite-based surveillance system for tracking aircraft, will be installed at the Trichy International Airport and will be commissioned within a month, said V. Somasundaram, Member (Air Navigation Services), Airports Authority of India. ADS-B is the latest technology that offers an improvement over radars as the primary surveillance method and air traffic management.

“The system will help improve both safety and efficiency of flights. Controllers will be able to track aircraft more accurately through the GPS-based system and reduce spacing between aircraft. The system thereby helps increase the air space capacity. Aircraft can be better positioned for landing, thereby reducing the approach distance and saving fuel,” said “Somasundaram. ADS-B systems, which are more cost effective than radars, have been provided at 21 airports, including Trichy and Coimbatore. Data from the systems will be monitored through an integrated air space management system in Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram,” he added.

Source: Times of India