COIMBATORE: Accurate prediction of the weather to enable pilots to prepare for it, counter it and to overcome it, is the key to flight safety in both the civil and military aviation sectors, Air Marshal G.S. Chaudhry, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force, said here on Monday.
Inaugurating the Third SERC (Science and Engineering Research Council) School on Aviation Meteorology in ‘Atmospheric Obscurity and the Planetary Boundary Layer’ at the Air Force Administrative College, he said that atmospheric obscurity that reduces visibility should not be seen in isolation but in association with various other factors.
“Earlier, if a flight was delayed, it was just a news item. Nowadays it is not so, because loss of time is not taken lightly. Everybody is busy and the scenario is so competitive that visibility has become a major issue. It is directly connected to the economy,” he added.
“Military aviation is different from that of civil aviation in that it is not take-off and landing-centric. Military aircraft are on a mission. It is not enough if the conditions are conducive for take-off and landing. The weather should be conducive for the pilot to accomplish his mission,” the Air Marshal remarked.
With civil and military aviation becoming 24x7, the importance of aviation meteorology for flight safety has increased.
Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University G. Thiruvasagam, said that 30 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was either directly or indirectly being affected by aviation. “Aviation directly affects sectors like agriculture, construction and fisheries that contribute to 10 per cent of the GDP.”
He wanted the school to submit its recommendations to the Government that would in turn have positive repercussions on the economy.
The Vice-Chancellor assured them that the academic pursuits of AFAC in the form of diploma, degree and doctoral programmes would be validated by the university.
Air Vice Marshal A. Tyagi, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Meteorology), spoke.