19 July, 2011
Airports Authority of India today signs MoU with USTDA (US
Trade Development Agency) for implementation of GBAS (Ground
Based Augmentation System) as a Pilot Project at Chennai.
The project is funded by USDTA under
India-US Aviation Cooperation programme. USTDA would provide
training, certification and implementation assistance.
The GBAS provides GNSS landing system (GLS approaches) to
multiple runways at an aerodrome meeting the precision CAT-I
approach requirements and upgradable to CAT-II & III services
The system will facilitate significant benefit to airlines in
terms of multiple final approach paths, support for takeoff
operations to and from multiple runways, thereby increasing
the overall air traffic handling capacity in a safe &
With the implementation of this programme, India will join the
select band of countries who have implemented GBAS.
The project starts forthwith.
Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Secretary, Civil
Aviation(centre) with V P Agrawal, Chairman, AAI and Ms.
Lee Zak, Director, USTDA immediately after signing the MoU