Nagpur: About 600 nautical miles around Nagpur is now safe from mid-air mishaps, thanks to the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) automation system 'Indra' at the international airport here, which will also help saving up to 1.28 crore litres of aviation fuel every year, top airport officials said.

The Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here is the first to rationalise the new ATC Automation System imported from Spanish company Indra, among the 38 airports in the country, which are also installing the system commissioned in last February.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) recently made it operational here. Following this, Bhopal and Hyderabad airport radars have been integrated with the airport here, Ashok Kumar Verma, Airport Director, Nagpur said.

Also, Jharsugada and Ahmedabad will be integrated very soon, he said.Verma said the new system has enabled reduction of humanerrors, enhanced capacity and reduced carbon footprint.
Under the new system, flights are taking direct route and there is no deviation from path which ultimately helps in reducing flight timing and saving fuel to the tune of 1,28,16,975 litres per year, he said.

Besides, an ATC can locate any aircraft once it enters the jurisdiction and can direct the pilots to ascend in case the flight is losing height at a safe distance to avoid mid air collision. The enhanced safety nets include conflict  alarms and minimum safe altitude warning alarm, Verma added.


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