BHUBANESWAR: Airport Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra has said that night landing facilities will be available soon in Jharsuguda airport as authorities are putting up the required infrastructure and taking up the matter with the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA), reports The Pioneer.
Dr Mohapatra has said that presently for regional connectivity services (RCS) operations, the AAI has filed aerodrome licencing application with the DGCA for day visual flight rules (VFR) ‘Public Use’ Aerodrome with Aerodrome Code3C.
However as soon as doppler very high frequency omni range (DOVR) is commissioned and instrument flight procedures are approved by the DGCA, it would facilitate night landing operations, said the senior official. For DOVR and the distance measuring equipment (DME), orders have been placed and these equipment will be installed by July, 2018, said he.
The AAI is expediting the progress of development works at the Jharsuguda airport and day- to- day monitoring by the AAI is taken up to facilitate the RCS operations from theairport. The AAI chief informed the State Government that ground lighting facility, simple abridged approach lightings at both ends of runway, runway taxi apron edge lighting, precision approach path indicator (PAPI) and appron flood lighting have already been included in the scope of development works going on for operationalising the Jharsuguda airport.
Earlier, Odisha Chief Secretary AP Padhi had urged the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to start operation of commercial flights from Jharsuguda and= provide night landing facilities there.
Chief Secretary Padhi in a letter to Union Secretary Civil Aviation RN Choubey stated that commercial flight operation from Jharsuguda would be financially viable in view of growing industrial base in the area.