JHARSUGUDA : In a bid to enhance the communications infrastructure of Air navigation services at Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda, Doppler Very High-Frequency Omni Range (DVOR) technology was made operational from Monday.
DVOR is a standard International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) ground based radio navigational aid that provides bearing information to aircraft to define traffic control routes for en-route, terminal and instrument approach/departure procedures. This system is used for air navigation.
While inaugurating the state-of-art infrastructure, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Executive Director (Eastern Region) SP Yadav said that “With the implementation of this device, the minimum visibility criteria which used to be 5 Kilometer shall be reduced to 2.3 Kilometer. Thus it would give a major relief to the air travellers and the airlines which may face bad weather en-route. DVOR along with DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) has been installed at Jharsuguda Airport in February 2019 and has been tested for air and ground calibration by Flight Inspection Unit (FIU) of Airports Authority of India.”
He also added that, Jharsuguda being 2nd airport of Odisha is considered to be gateway of the Western Odisha and Airports Authority of India under the egis of the Ministry of Civil aviation is committed to develop and upgrade airport infrastructure and has undertaken this project (DVOR&DME) at a cost of Rs. 6.30. Crores.
“It will prove beneficial for air travellers which were facing a lot of problem due to frequent cancellation of flights due to low visibility. But we still are waiting for the installation of Instrument Landing System (ILS) to get installed and operational , after which this airport will be fully equipped and operational like any other airports.” said by Sanjay Panigrahi , resident of Jharsuguda