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India Aviation Industry Newsletter 29 March

India Aviation Industry Newsletter 29 March

AAI Integrates Upper Air Space Over North East Region with Kolkata Air Traffic Management Facility

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has successfully integrated the upper air space over the northeastern region with Kolkata CNS/ATM facility as part of its ongoing initiative towards establishing a single continuum of upper airspace, according to a statement. Upper airspace above flight level (26,000 ft and above) dedicated to overflight, while lower airspace below that flight level, dedicated to airport approaches. The integration of the NE Region upper space with the Kolkata Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) facility, was achieved on 25 March, the AAI said in the statement. This is a huge step towards enhancement of capacity, efficiency and to ensure the highest level of safety in the air space over India and associated oceanic airspace, the AAI said.

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021 introduced in Lok Sabha

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri introduced the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Bill proposes to amend the definition of “major airport” so as extend its scope to determine the tariff for a group of airports also, which will encourage development of smaller airports. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India has been determining the tariffs of aeronautical charges at major airports in the country.

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda airport becomes first in south India to have operational parallel runways

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) became the first in south India to have operational parallel runways. A spokesperson for the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), which operates KIA, confirmed that approval to begin operations on the north runway was obtained from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “With the CAT IIIB-equipped South Runway becoming operational since December 6, 2019, these enhancements would offer BLR Airport the flexibility to operate both runways in low visibility and adverse weather conditions,” the spokesperson said.

Ministry of civil aviation approves 34 green zone sites for NPNT drone operations

The ministry of civil aviation has granted permit to “no-permission-no-takeoff’ (NPNT) compliant drone operations at 34 additional green zones to facilitate, smoothen, and promote drone operations in the country. The approved sites allow drone usage up to 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL).

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