Jharsuguda : Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda will soon be upgraded to an all-weather Airport with an installation of Instrument Landing System (ILS) to ensure more regular service, informed Union Civil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri through his twitter account.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that ” We are aware of the problems that has to arised in aviation operations at Jharsuguda Airport due to visibility concern during inclement weather. We have taken a decision to shortly install a state-of –an art Instrument Landing System (ILS) at VSS airport. “
He added, Instrument Landing System (ILS) will be installed and made operational by December 2019. Similarly, another navigational aid, Doppler Very High-Frequency Omni Range (DVOR) will be in use by October this year to reduce the visibility requirement. The Instrument Landing System (ILS) will be installed at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore.
This move came after, frequent cancellation of flights at Jharsuguda Airport due to low visibility and bad weather. With new navigational facilities, the airport will become an all-weather airport and will enhance the connectivity and ensure more regular service which will benefit both airlines and air travellers.
An Instrument Landing System is defined as a precision runway approach aid based on two radio beams that enable pilots to conduct an instrument approach to landing if they are unable to establish visual contact with the runway. These antennas provide the pilot with vertical and horizontal guidance when landing in low visibility.
Similarly, DVOR is a standard International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) ground-based radio navigational aid that provides bearing information to aircraft to define air traffic control routes for en-route, terminal and instrument approach/departure procedures.
The Jharsuguda Airport was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 22nd September 2018. The airport infrastructure has been developed for all-weather operations, including night operations for A-320 type of aircraft.
Jharsuguda is the second airport of Odisha after Bhubaneswar to become operational and the first one to provide necessary connectivity to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar and Raipur under RCS UDAN and will play a significant role in the development of Western Odisha and will give impetus to the growing demand of the region including the tourism industry.