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ON A FIRM GROUND: Asha Ram (third from right), Executive Director (Aviation Safety), Airports Authority of India, Delhi, inspecting the new runway at the Bajpe airport in Mangalore on Thursday. M.R. Vasudeva (second from right), director, AAI, Bajpe airport, is seen.
ON A FIRM GROUND: Asha Ram (third from right), Executive Director (Aviation Safety), Airports Authority of India, Delhi, inspecting the new runway at the Bajpe airport in Mangalore on Thursday. M.R. Vasudeva (second from right), director, AAI, Bajpe airport, is seen.

Raviprasad Kamila

First chartered flight from Sharjah to land on it at 5 p.m. today

Team of officials from AAI inspects the airport for three days All safety aspects for aircraft landing and take off are in place Instrument landing system to be ready in a few days

MANGALORE: A six-member team of officials from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headed by Asharam, Executive Director (Aviation Safety), AAI, Delhi, inspected the new runway and safety aspects at the Bajpe airport here for three days from Tuesday.

Mr. Asharam told The Hindu at the airport on Thursday said that the new runway was one of a high quality, and pilots were happy with it.

He said all safety aspects for aircraft landing and take off had been taken care of. Other supportive components of safety were in place.

Mr. Asharam said that the AAI had asked pilots to provide feedback on safety aspects.

The instrument landing system (ILS) was being installed.

Expressing happiness over the markings, installation of lights and the quality of work, he commended the team of AAI officials at the Bajpe airport for their efforts and dedication. The new runway had been designed to handle aircraft such as Airbus 320.

Mr. Asharam said aviation safety measures differed from one airport to another. The AAI had to take into account the local conditions.

The trans-installation of instrument landing system (ILS) at the new runway would be ready in a few days, M.R. Vasudeva, Director of the AAI, Bajpe airport, said.

The ILS played a pivotal role in aircraft landing and taking off in extreme weather conditions. If a pilot was not able to land the aircraft under visual flight rule (VFR) then he could seek the help of ILS, he said.

He said wthat ith the new concrete runway, the grade of the Bajpe airport had gone up from 3-C to 4-D. With the installation of ILS, its quality had gone up to category I ILS. The simple approach lighting system was available on both sides of the runway.

Distinction

Mr. Vasudeva said it was the only airport in the State to have a second runway. The periphery road surrounding the runway would help in the quick movement of relief vehicles, fire tenders and security vehicles. If there are no last-minute hitches, a chartered flight from Sharjah will land on the new runway at the airport here at 5 p.m. on Friday.

It will be the first flight from an international destination. It will be an important development in the history of the Bajpe airport which was declared as "customs airport'' by the Union Government recently.

The tourist flight of APA Air System FZC, a UAE-based company, will take off from the airport at 5.45 p.m., according to airport sources.

The chartered flight will operate between Sharjah and Mangalore on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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